Historic heritage SAVE

### ODT Online Mon, 3 Oct 2011
Rare win as joint bid saves heritage building
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s heritage stock has scored a rare win, with a private owner, local government and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust working together to save a historic building. The owner of the Wood Adams building in Bond St, Michelle Kennard, said the structure had been transformed from a home for pigeons and a canvas for graffiti with help from the Dunedin City Council in the form of rates relief and money from the city’s heritage fund. The building was the first to go through the council’s joint consent working group, an initiative that came from the heritage buildings economic reuse steering committee, set up to deal with the deterioration of the city’s heritage stock.
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• Assistance to heritage building owners [DCC Link]

• The Dunedin Heritage Fund is an independent legal entity. The deed of constitution recognises that Dunedin City Council and New Zealand Historic Places Trust jointly administer the fund. Cr Lee Vandervis chairs the governance committee.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Architecture, DCC, Economics, Heritage, Inspiration, People, Project management, Urban design

13 responses to “Historic heritage SAVE

  1. Elizabeth

    Economic development unit manager Peter Harris said some might view rates relief as a cost to ratepayers, but the council viewed it as an investment.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 8 Nov 2012
    Buildings awarded rates relief
    By Debbie Porteous
    The Dunedin City Council has approved nearly $60,000 in rates relief and heritage fund grants for the earthquake strengthening of three commercial buildings in George St. A total of $21,000 in rates relief and $19,000 heritage fund grants for this year was awarded to the owners of buildings at 218, 284 and 371 George St by the full council in the non-public part of its meeting last week. Another $17,000 in rates relief for two of the buildings was granted for the next two years.[…]Mr Harris said the successful application by the owners of the buildings reflected the council’s strategy to recognise the value that restoration and reuse of heritage buildings offered the city, both in a heritage and economic sense.
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    • Elizabeth

      Adaptive Reuse in NZ
      Heritage Redesigned – adaptive reuse in New Zealand has been prepared by the NZHPT to encourage and recognise the creativity and vision of all those owners and heritage professionals with the passion and belief to work with heritage places to create lasting value. There are many reasons for finding uses for historic places, rather than merely destroying them to build anew.

      Heritage Redesigned includes a discussion of the values and benefits associated with reusing (whether repurposing or not) heritage places, and several short, easy-to-read, practical examples of adaptive reuse within the New Zealand context.

      Heritage Redesigned (PDF, 3.6 MB)

      Economic Benefits of Preservation
      Donovan Rypkema
      [presentation] http://www.preservation.org/rypkema.htm

      Rypkema was hosted at Dunedin in 2010 by New Zealand Historic Places Trust, who toured him nationally.

      See his website – http://www.placeeconomics.com/

      Following the Christchurch earthquakes, Dunedin is home to the largest historic heritage resource in the country.

  2. Ripped Off

    Rates relief. Another bloody ratepayer rip off, just like the stadium. Those that can least afford it have to do the paying, while those with it get more. When will the average Joe ratepayer get some relief with a rates reduction, instead of all these handouts going to the greedy?

    • Elizabeth

      Oh dear. “Those awarded it would pay much more in rates in the long term for reuse or expansion than they would if they did not do the extra work.” #eqnz

      “Projects considered have to exceed a $100,000 threshold and involve substantial investment into restoring and reusing a heritage building.”

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    I know how you feel, Ripped Off, but the other side of it is that the buildings that get that kind of special treatment are the ones that make Dunedin particularly interesting and attractive. Fixing those old buildings is something that seems to be undertaken by rather special, possibly eccentric passionate people. They could make a shedload more money by investing their own money and efforts into … gee .. almost anything else except stadiums. But there’s something about the old buildings that “gets” them. Sure, they’ll hopefully do better than break even when they have fixed these neglected treasures up, but in the meantime they (the ones I’ve met anyway) take the risk, what’s under this? Know what it’s like with a simple weatherboard house when you take a rotten board off and find it’s so much worse under the surface? Well, multiply that by 1000s, and at that point it’s usually still their own money, time, skin, bruises, worry lines and conversations with the bank manager.

    So while it would be nice if I could get “free” help to fix what’s under my weatherboards etc, by and large I’m not begrudging these people the help my rates give them. For the few cents they get off me I reckon I get good value in return: the city I love for its interesting buildings + individuals who are motivated by more than money + innovators. It’s a wee city for connoisseurs where the most leading edge designers and IT entrepreneurs can be found in buildings their g-g-grandparents would have known well.

  4. Calvin Oaten

    It’s the Pandora’s Box syndrome here. I remember when Malcolm Farry was chair of the Economic Development Committee he instituted this policy of doling out rates relief to quite a few. But it was all so unfair because it meant the DCC was picking winners while the others were left to subsidise the monies, but not get the hand out. In many instances it gave a commercial competitive advantage, particularly in the small business sector. In others it just meant the owner/developer got a new Mercedes sooner than expected. I know I seem mean spirited, but if the project is worth doing, and the operator can finance it well and good. If not, either another better placed developer takes over or it simply doesn’t happen.
    That’s business. Not where the DCC should be putting ratepayers’ treasure. In a convoluted sense, it is no different to the stadium. A few benefit, the rest, well, they just get the picture.

  5. Ripped Off

    Hype. They take the risks like any other business, but they can take it with their own money, not mine. I have to run my business with all the risks and nobody will come to my aid when things go rotten. There are people out there on low incomes ( plenty of them ) who can’t afford a home or good food, and have to pay high rents that have the rates factored in. Those poor buggers have to contribute to dreams of those who suck on the rates relief. They are parasites on the poor the same, as those that play the 15 man game and expect someone else to pay.

  6. Elizabeth

    Building safety – this is not just about Dunedin’s heritage buildings.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 10 Nov 2012
    Council awaits direction on building rating
    By Debbie Porteous
    A public building rating system for Dunedin has been discussed at council staff level, but that is as far as matters will go before further direction is received from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission and any subsequent legislation, staff say.

    In Dunedin, the city council has given the owners of more than 2500 pre-1976 commercial buildings two years, from July this year, to provide it with an initial evaluation procedure (IEP) report. So far, the council has received 111 reports.

    Recommendations concerning the assessment and public disclosure of information about a building’s safety, as well as a raft of other issues on building design and performance that will affect how local authorities manage building safety in their areas are expected to be part of the commission’s final report, due out this month.
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  7. ### ODT Online Sun, 4 Aug 2013
    Churches brace for assessments
    By Jonathan Chilton-Towle – The Star
    A huge demand for structural engineers to examine the integrity of potentially earthquake-prone buildings has left a backlog of buildings, especially Presbyterian churches, waiting to be assessed.
    Engineers qualified to assess buildings have been described as being as rare as hen’s teeth while some parishes look set to expect bills of up to $200,000 to strengthen their churches.
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    • ### ODT Online Thu, 8 Aug 2013
      Quake policy blow to Otago buildings
      By Chris Morris
      Heritage buildings in Dunedin and across Otago may have been handed a 20-year death sentence by the Government, it has been claimed. The warning of dire consequences came from councils, heritage building owners and the Otago Chamber of Commerce yesterday, as Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson unveiled the Government’s earthquake-prone building policy.
      The policy gave councils across New Zealand five years to assess nearly 200,000 buildings – including all non-residential and high-rise, multi-unit apartment buildings – for earthquake risks. The owners of those found to be earthquake-prone would then be given another 15 years to upgrade to at least 34% of building code requirements, at an expected cost of about $1.7 billion.
      Those spoken to yesterday warned Dunedin and other Southern centres would have to meet the same requirements, in the same time frame, as Auckland or Wellington, without the same economic incentives to reinvest in buildings. As a result, some building owners in the South were likely to wait, ignoring the new requirements until their buildings needed to be demolished.
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    • ### ODT Online Sun, 27 Oct 2013
      Churches’ futures up in air
      By Dan Hutchinson
      Modern church attitudes that put people before buildings are about to collide with a critical engineering analysis of the earthquake strength of Dunedin’s historic places of worship. Dan Hutchinson investigates the cost and benefit decisions facing many church administrators in the city.
      It is crunch time for many of Dunedin’s church buildings as the owners ponder the outcome of structural engineering reports. Otago and Southland Anglican Diocese manager Graeme Sykes is one of those who has received a pile of engineering reports and now has decisions to make – strengthen or demolish. He is in the process of going to individual church communities and asking for their thoughts. Batchelar McDougall Consulting director Graham McDougall is halfway through checking more than 100 Anglican and Presbyterian buildings in Otago and Southland.
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  8. ### dunedintv.co.nz December 5, 2013 – 7:15pm
    Workshop helping heritage building owners
    Knowing all the ins and outs of heritage building ownership can be tricky, but a free workshop today aimed to address and shake up some of the issues. Around one hundred people attended seminars to hear practitioners covering practical topics. And that information could well end up saving owners money in the long run.

    • ### ODT Online Sun, 8 Dec 2013
      Strengthening solutions for quake-prone buildings
      By Dan Hutchinson – The Star
      Dunedin is home to a quarter of the most earthquake-prone type of buildings in New Zealand and its architectural history could be ”drastically affected” by a big shake, a leading engineer says. Dr Najif Ismail, a principal lecturer at the Otago Polytechnic’s School of Architecture, Building and Engineering, has been working on finding solutions for hundreds of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in the city. There were about 750 URM buildings in Dunedin, which was 25% of New Zealand’s total and second only to Auckland, which had 27%. In Dunedin’s CBD alone there were 226 URM buildings, which had a total value of $159 million.
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