$855,000 to repair classroom
The Anglican Church will be given a council grant of up to $855,000 to help it repair an old stone classroom block at St Michael's School.
The building dates back to 1913 and is part of a cluster of heritage buildings on the corner of Durham St South, Oxford Tce and Tuam St that includes the Church of St Michael's and All Angels, the St Michael's School Hall building, and Tudor House (also known as Tiffany's).
The classroom had insurance cover of $905,000, but the cost of repairing and strengthening it has been estimated at $1.8 million.
The Anglican Church Property Trust (CPT) applied to the Christchurch City Council for a grant to help it repair and upgrade the single-storey building but the council's community committee decided it would hold off making a decision on the grant until it had met the CPT to discuss its plans for other historic buildings it owned, including the Christ Church Cathedral.
Yesterday, community committee chairman Cr Yani Johanson said that meeting had taken place and he was now happy to proceed with the grant.
The CPT had given the council a rundown of what it was planning to do in terms of repairing its historic buildings and had agreed to keep the council informed.