Hydro Grand to go

19:50, Jan 29 2014
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BIG BUY: Timaru businessman Allan Booth must decide what to do with the Hydro Grand.

Timaru's Hydro Grand Hotel is "not retrievable," according to owner Allan Booth.

Mr Booth purchased the Bay Hill property and two adjoining sites in March last year and had been keen to retain the Historic Places Trust category two building if feasible.

Mr Booth said yesterday the state of the building had now become a safety issue. He had no plans as to when the building would come down, explaining there was a process to be followed which included discussing the matter with the trust.

When he first bought the building, Mr Booth said he liked old buildings, adding "it will depend on the information I get. If it is unsafe then it is not right to keep it. That decision will be made around the facts".

The former owners had plans for a $60 million hotel/apartment complex but Mr Booth said then that he was not keen on a "tilt [concrete] slab and glass" structure on such an important site.


The Timaru Herald