Changes for Presbyterian Support
Presbyterian Support is in the process of two changes with the homestead at The Croft being vacated and the closing of its goodwill shop in Church St.
Staff at the homestead in Park Lane have moved to Gleniti Baptist Church while waiting for an engineering report, before the homestead's future is decided.
The 1910 homestead is used for day the service's programmes for the elderly and is rated at 21 per cent of the Building Code.
Presbyterian Support South Canterbury chief executive Michael Parker said that all its buildings had been assessed in the past year and the homestead, along with the goodwill shop, were not meeting board expectations.
The shop has been sold, with a closing down sale on until tomorrow. A new site for the shop has not been finalised, while the future of the homestead depends on further engineering reports taking place in October.
Whatever decision is made will happen in conjunction with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, which has rated the homestead a category 2 historic building.
Mr Parker said he would like to see a minimum of 34 per cent or higher building code rate on all Presbyterian Support's buildings.
Staff relocated to Gleniti Baptist Church, where day programmes are continuing, three weeks ago.
Gleniti Baptist minister Pastor Ross Hamilton said it was an open-ended agreement of at least 12 months.
It was important for the day programmes to continue as they gave carers and family a break, he said.
"It's part of the bigger picture of our premises being used by the community."
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