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New role for burned house?

Last updated 05:00 26/12/2012

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A campaigner to restore the fire-devastated Guy homestead says it would make an "amazing" community centre.

Nick Neben has sent an email to Auckland Council thanking it for erecting protective fencing around the heritage building and floating the new idea for its future.

"This is a great opportunity for the council to take charge and do something really wonderful for the community and the people of Auckland," the Howick resident says.

"The land around the building is ample for car parking and outdoor events.

"The building and new extension could host a variety of community groups," Mr Neben says.

The old house sits on a grassy hill next to The Hub on Ti Rakau Dr and is owned by people in Hong Kong.

It has been on the market for $3.5 million, but the building is classified by both the Auckland Council and the Historic Places Trust.

People interested in restoring the homestead have been put off by the asking price.

On December 1 the building was extensively damaged by what is believed to be a deliberate arson attack.

The rear of the building is the most damaged.

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- Eastern Courier

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