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Logan Campbell kindergarten new lease on life


15 March 2006

Logan Campbell kindergarten set for a new lease on life

The historic Logan Campbell kindergarten on the southern edge of Victoria Park is set for restoration and a new lease on life.

Auckland City is calling for expressions of interest for renovating and tenanting the building on a commercial basis.

Transit's recent confirmation that plans for the Victoria Park tunnel will not affect the land around the building have given Auckland City a green light to consider future uses for the former kindergarten that has been vacant since the 1980s.

"One of our treasured buildings will be given a new lease of life and I'm delighted Auckland City is leading by example in protecting and restoring this building," said Councillor Vern Walsh, chairperson of the Finance and Corporate Business Committee.

The selected tenant will be required to manage all aspects of renovating the facility to a standard acceptable to Auckland City, in exchange for a negotiated rental, and agreed lease term.

The building could be restored for a mix of commercial and non-commercial uses such as a café, restaurant, art gallery or community office accommodation.

Auckland City will be looking for a tenant that will be of benefit to park users and that will complement the park and the building.

The building is currently in a poor state of repair and work will begin immediately to protect it from further deterioration. The restoration is estimated to cost between $350,000 to $600,000 to bring it up to a medium standard finish.


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