Safety issues cloud future of buildings
It could be several weeks before there is a resolution on Waimate's closed buildings.
Three face uncertain futures because of safety concerns.
The former Waimate auction rooms, and Quinn's Arcade have danger notices on them while the Waimate District Council is in court this week with the owner of Dash's Garage.
It is understood there are safety concerns about the site at Queen St.
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 Waimate District Council identified safety concerns.
Planning and regulatory manager Brent Donaldson said there was no update yet and it would likely be several weeks before the matter was looked at.
"We haven't got any reports; we probably won't be looking at it till later. There's a million people wanting building consents so they get first priority."
Project Waimate chairwoman Wendy Heath said last week that the historic Quinn's Arcade would reopen in spite of it being declared dangerous.
An engineer's report has been completed and is in the hands of Waimate District Council staff.
It was built in 1906 and is significant nationally as one of the earliest indoor shopping arcades in New Zealand.
Project Waimate secured ownership of the building for the community in 2007.
It has since been working on a restoration plan with the aim of reopening it to the public.
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