Quake-prone flats sold to university

SOLD: The Gordon Wilson Housing New Zealand complex on The Terrace.
SOLD: The Gordon Wilson Housing New Zealand complex on The Terrace.

The Gordon Wilson Housing New Zealand complex in central Wellington has been sold to Victoria University.

The quake-prone flats, on The Terrace, have been empty since it was evacuated in May 2012 due to safety concerns.

Housing New Zealand chief executive Glen Sowry and university Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford announced the sale today.

Under the deal, Victoria will take over ownership of the 87-flat Gordon Wilson complex, while HNZ intends to redevelop the smaller, next-door McLean complex with 34 new flats.

Guilford said the university saw the site as part of future development plans and would be exploring options for it.

The Dominion Post