Key property purchases announced in preparation for new library and administration building

Thursday 15 March, 2018

Ashburton District Council has today announced that sale and purchase agreements for two key properties to be used in the Council library and administration building project at the Baring Square East site have gone unconditional.

The first site includes a carpark and hall that sit alongside the historic Methodist Church, adjacent to the Square. Ken Leadley, a Methodist Church representative, says selling this land to the Council will help offset the cost of completing the Church’s earthquake strengthening.

“We have a concept we are working to for the restoration and repair and now there is some traction that allows us to move forward,” he said. “The redevelopment will include a new office, meeting room, kitchen and toilets.” As part of the negotiations, the Council will also demolish an annex beside the Church, which will be re-built by the church.

Paul May Motors at 243 Havelock St is the second site to be purchased by the Council. “Buying this piece of land was critical for futureproofing and allowing greater flexibility in the design of the library and administration building,” Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel said.  Paul May Motors will remain at the site for another two years, while the Council continues to prepare for its new building.

The Council announced in December last year that it had also purchased 255 Havelock St as an investment and to further future proof the Baring Square East site.

“This is a really exciting day for our future library and administration building. We still need to demolish the existing County Council building, find a project manager and design the new building but knowing that we now have a site secured is a huge step forward,” Mayor Favel said.

“When the new building is completed it will be a tremendous community asset - close to the CBD and also Baring Square for community events. We’ve really appreciated the willingness of everyone involved in these property agreements to work with us and assist in improving the facilities available to Ashburton people.”​

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