Homeless Wellington City Council’s Civic Building To Remain Closed

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A sad truth has come to light in Wellington City recently, with the City Council remaining homeless due to the civic building suffering damage from the Kaikoura earthquake. The city council has more to worry about seeking office furniture in NZ, as the damage is bad enough that the only option is either repair or demolishing.

The six-storey civic administration building or CAB, was built sometime early 1990s, and has been in use since that time until the earthquake happened. The Wellington City Council was, thankfully, able to move and remain in operation in the next door municipal office building. The issue then, is that they have to move out by next year.

According to the Council’s Chief Executive, Kevin Lavery, the decision on whether or not to demolish the CAB was not up for them to decide, but that it was up to the investors. He added that if they were to move back in, it would take quite a bit of time, which will no doubt be inconvenient for them, and for the public of Wellington City. He elaborates, saying that it would take at least another 2 or 3 years for the CAB to be usable and safe.

He states that they have already lodged an earthquake claim with their insurers, but there’s a considerable process to work through be the plans for the building would be agreed on.

Some of the staff from the City Council, who aren’t part of the MOB are currently working in the top floors in the Central Library. The MOB, then, will be part of the new $187M Town Hall music hub project, which is set to have the NZ Symphony Orchestra and Victoria University move in sometime near early 2019.

Lavery has added that the council definitely needs to find some accommodation for the City Council for the next couple of years, and are already looking at possible option. On the side of the public, there have already been some complaints with regards to how much the taxpayers would have to pay to cover all these costs, including paying for the office furniture in NZ, as well as the associated costs with the temporary accommodation. Whilst there is some issue, hopefully, the end result is something that is reasonable for the government and the public.