TDHL confirms plan to demolish buildings in Timaru CBDPosted by On

A row of buildings purchased by Timaru council’s holdings company five years ago are set to be demolished and will make way for a temporary greenspace in the CBD while a long term plan is decided.

Timaru District Holdings Limited chairperson Mark Rogers has confirmed a decision on the future of some of the buildings had been made.

Rogers said the buildings from 101 to 107 Stafford St, which includes the former Majestic Theatre, are “likely earthquake prone” and will be demolished with a public greenspace established.

“Demolition and provision of green space proves the dual benefits of usable public green space and resolving some of the initial development risk.”

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Rogers confirmed the holdings company has applied for a consent to demolish the buildings.

A rendered image of what the greenspace will look like once the buildings on Timaru's Stafford St are demolished.


A rendered image of what the greenspace will look like once the buildings on Timaru’s Stafford St are demolished.

Asked when the work would happen, Rogers said that was yet to be determined.

“It is dependent on when the consent is issued. Ideally, we would like to advance this as soon as practical, as TDHL sees the community benefit in the green space.”

The Timaru Herald asked the council whether any consents had been applied for or issued for demolition or construction work on the properties on Friday. On Monday, the council’s media team responded: “We can provide you the information you have asked for on Wednesday.”

The council is yet to respond.

The rear of the former Union Bank of Australia, to the right, and the former Majestic Theatre, left, which will be demolished.


The rear of the former…

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