Start made in sale of health board sites

The MidCentral District Health Board has selected Harcourts Commercial Real Estate Services to take the Kimberley Centre and Horowhenua Hospital properties to market.

Preliminary marketing of the sites was to get under way initially before a full campaign in February and March.

MidCentral District Health Board commercial support services group manager Jeff Small said the board was pleased it was now at this point in the disposal process for the buildings.

"We are looking forward to strong interest from the market."

The two neglected properties in Horowhenua were released from landbanking by the Office of Treaty Settlements with no "site of significance" claims upheld.

No feedback was received from the Ministry of Health about the sale.

The Kimberley Centre, a former mental health facility near Levin, has been in the land disposal process for about seven years.

Horowhenua Hospital was released from the same protection mechanisms on June 20 after a three-year wait.

The health board was prepared to begin sale action earlier this year but a late claim by a person whose ancestors lived on the land stalled the process.

Manawatu Standard