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Thursday 15 March, 2018
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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