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The Hutt City Council has finally had something to smile about with the sale of the former BNZ site in Lower Hutt.
Developer Ian Cassels purchased the earthquake prone building for $1.5 million. His plans include apartments and a craft brewery.
The council quite rightly trumpeted that attracting a developer with Cassels’ track record was a vote of confidence in the city.
Cassels has an impressive CV, turning run-down parts of Wellington City into attractive vibrant areas.
It is worth remembering that Hutt City lost at least $1.3 million on the sale and the council failed to achieve its primary objective of getting a government department to relocate to Lower Hutt.
Cassels said he is interested in other projects in Lower Hutt and hinted at amajor housing development in Wainuiomata.
After years of economic stagnation and next to no growth in the housing market, Hutt City seems to be on the move.
The council will also be pleased that work is finally beginning on the much talked about hotel in High St.
The mayor and developer Raman Sarin today turned the first sod to formally begin construction on a project that has been talked about since 2015.
– Nicholas Boyack, senior reporter.