Bramwell Booth still seeking buyer

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 05:00 24/05/2014

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No offers were received for the deadline sale of Temuka's Bramwell Booth property, but the real estate agency representing the vendor is remaining optimistic.

The home owned by the Salvation Army was used as accommodation for the intellectually disabled.

It was shut last November because it was considered no longer financially viable.

Bayleys Real Estate Timaru sales consultant Adrienne Shaw said there had been quite a lot of interest, but potential buyers were seeking a more specialised engineering report for the homestead which has not been used since the Canterbury earthquakes struck.

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust has a category two classification on the homestead, meaning it cannot be demolished or changed markedly.

"Once a specialist engineer's report is complete then there will be more clarity," she said.

Shaw said it had been a good campaign gaining attention from individuals, social services agencies, health organisations and businesses from the wider Canterbury area.

Some potential purchasers had thought the homestead could be used for income as well as a home, possibly as a bed and breakfast operation.

The 5.019 hectare property also includes two houses, a shed, a garage, an outbuilding, accommodation wing and sleep-outs.

"No one wants to see (Bramwell) demolished we want to keep it in the community," Shaw said.

Salvation Army national director of addictions and supportive accommodation Alistair Herring said he was still confident of a sale.

"We've had decades of warm association with Temuka and we are really hopeful that part of the outcome will be a good thing for the town."

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- The Timaru Herald

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