Waimate evaluates danger in quakes
Three buildings in Waimate's High St have been closed because of safety concerns.
The former Waimate auction rooms, Quinns Arcade and what used to be Dash's Garage have danger notices on them. Waimate's former auction house is the most recent to face closure and it has been cordoned off.
The veranda has been removed after the owner and the Waimate District Council identified immediate safety concerns.
Planning and regulatory manager Brent Donaldson said the council was working with the owner to resolve the matter.
"We understand the building is dangerous; we want to take some time to work with the owner."
Canterbury's earthquakes had "probably" contributed to the closure, he said. "It came to light from that, and issues from the owner.
"There are a few different options the owner can take; we asked him to make it safe for the public."
The owner had the option of repairing, demolishing or altering the building, Mr Donaldson said.
Owner Geoff Wallace said he had no comment.
Mr Donaldson said he understood the building had been used for storage before the closure. "We're just more concerned about the public."
The council was awaiting reports on the condition of the building, he said. "I think the owner has received advice on it; our building inspector says it is dangerous and we do understand something has to be done.
"These things don't get done overnight."
The council was also working through structural and fire safety matters about Quinns Arcade and the former Dash's Garage, he said.
"They've got danger notices on them; we're just working through the issues with these as well."
Chief executive Tony Alden said he understood Quinns Arcade was awaiting an engineer's report.
"Council are awaiting the Government's report on earthquake-damaged buildings.
"We're taking the approach that it's wait and see before we know what we have to do."
A property summary report shows the former auction rooms at 105 High St were built between 1910 and 1919. The land area is 568 square metres and the floor area covers 1220sqm. It has a rateable value of $63,000.
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