Council doles out quake strengthening grants

Last updated 15:43 09/12/2013
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QUAKE GRANT: Owners of the MLC building in Lambton Quay have been granted $60,000 for quake strengthening.

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Owners of the former Evening Post building in Willis St and the MLC building on Lambton Quay are getting $60,000 grants from Wellington City Council to help with quake strengthening projects.

They are among nine Wellington heritage building owners who are getting a total of $217,000 from Wellington City Council's built heritage incentive fund.

Other grants include $30,000 towards the cost of seismic assessment of the old wharf offices on Queens Wharf; $30,000 to help restore Nott House in Middleton Rd, Glenside; and $20,000 towards the cost of strengthening and restoring 216 Cuba St.

Other grants include $5000 to repaint Rita Angus Cottage in Sydney St West; $5000 for a seismic assessment of St Anne's Church in Northland Rd; $3000 for roof repairs and parapet bracing of 144 Riddiford St, Newtown and $4000 for a seismic assessment of 173 Riddiford St.

Council's buildings portfolio leader Iona Pannett said she was delighted to help preserve Wellington's heritage character.

''This is just one of the initiatives the council is taking to increase earthquake safety in Wellington.

''The council has been doing a lot of work identifying earthquake-prone buildings and is particularly keen to work with heritage building owners.

Heritage building owners have been invited to apply for the next round of applications closing on March 14.

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