Demolition starts on City Hotel

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 09:03 26/06/2014
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WORK STARTS: Containers go into High St as the demolition of the City Hotel starts.

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Demolition has started on the old City Hotel building in central Blenheim.

The building, which stretches between High St and Wynen St, is deemed an earthquake risk and owner Rob Anderson has opted to demolish it.

The demolition is complicated by the need to shore up the walls shared with neighbouring buildings.

Large containers have been put outside the building on the street to ensure public safety.

Anderson said that he was "still looking at lots of options" for the former hotel's site.

He has described the area as a potential "golden mile", because of the Marlborough District Council's proposal to move Blenheim's library down to the riverside area.

"I think it will be interesting if the council decide they're going to have a look at that area of town," Anderson said.

"There's a lot more activity in that area of town for further development outside what the council is doing, a lot. It could be a positive catalyst for change."

There had been interesting town planning research done, including the work done in Marlborough by Urbanism Plus, Anderson said.

"A lot of town planning people think Marlborough is not capitalising on the asset that is the river and making it a feature of the town.

"If the council is working on those earlier recommendations and doing something, I think that's good."

The City Hotel building has been vacant for some time.

The council's proposal to develop the riverside area is not the first redevelopment proposal mooted for the area.

In 2006, a multi-storey apartment complex was mooted for the site, but the out-of-town developer withdrew the consent, and in 2008, he left the country, with a pile of debts.

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- The Marlborough Express

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