Civic Trust board member says Greenlane heritage building in disrepair
An Auckland heritage building is being "demolished by neglect", a Civic Trust Auckland board member says.
In 2007, an Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) proposal to demolish Greenlane Clinical Centre's Building 5 to make way for more parks and a new building, was met with opposition.
After a lengthy battle it went to the Environment Court and Building 5 was granted category one status by Heritage New Zealand in 2010.
Civic Trust Auckland board member and Mt Eden resident Helen Geary said she had been keeping an eye on the building since then and was disheartened at the lack of maintenance it had received.
Geary said the Civic Trust Auckland was disappointed about Building 5's condition, especially since ADHB had told the board it would reuse the building in the future.
The building was operating until 2007 and had been adequately maintained, she said.
Building 5 was built between 1906 and 1907. It was used as an infirmary ward.
"If they were planning to use it, you'd think they would keep it in a watertight state and not leave it with broken windows and missing roof tiles," Geary said.
She said it was particularly disappointing when a public institution was not looking after a heritage building.
"Most owners of heritage buildings respect that they are important public buildings and do maintain them."
The building is currently listed under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
But Heritage New Zealand spokesman John O'Hare said being listed under the Act did not provide it with protection.
Auckland Council built heritage implementation team leader Rebecca Fogel said the responsibility for maintaining scheduled buildings fell to the property owners, in this case the ADHB.
Auckland Council lists Building 5 as Category B place which means it has considerable significance to an area.
"The scheduling of a building does not give the council powers to require an owner to maintain their building to a particular standard," Fogel said.
"If the building falls into such disrepair that it qualifies as a dangerous building under the Building Act, then the council can require that action be taken so that it is no longer a public safety hazard. This, however, is an extreme circumstance and does not happen very often."
ADHB has not responded to questions.