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Future hopes for old New Lynn Hotel

Media release
25 August 2005

Future hopes for old New Lynn Hotel

The old New Lynn Hotel, formerly owned by the Bartulovich family, has been vested in the Waitakere City Council pursuant to an order made in the Environment Court.

Erected with bricks made by its first owner Alfred Ramsden in 1882, the hotel at 3176 Great North Road is considered one of the city’s most significant heritage buildings. It is one of the last hotels unchanged architecturally from Auckland’s pioneering days, with a Category 1 heritage status under Waitakere’s District Plan.

Now that the Council owns the two-storied brick and cement hotel (it has been long derelict especially after fire damage in 1999), a programme of restoration will be organised says New Lynn Ward Councillor Derek Battersby.

“Over the years there has always been a high level of interest in the old hotel. People recognise it as a direct link to the west’s history,” he says.

“The Council will want to find the best way to manage the building. How this will be done is still to be decided. It may involve a competitive process to select the best development proposal available on the open market at the least possible cost to the Council,” he says.

It is expected that updated structural engineering and heritage reports will be commissioned shortly.

“The purchase price of the property will be the fair market value as at May 2004 if it can be agreed between the parties, but if they are unable to agree the fair market value at that date as determined by the Land Valuation Tribunal,” says Councillor Battersby.

The Council is presently awaiting advice from the Bartulovich family as to how they wish to proceed to fix the value of the property in accordance with the order made by the Environment Court.

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