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  1. Kemal Tau, 20. November 2020, 10:03

    Demolition by neglect. Happens over and over in Wellington. It’s one of the reasons Shelly Bay has been left to rot, to get the public on side with the development as it has now become an “eyesore”. If this old hotel was in somewhere like Melbourne or Sydney it would be the hub of the community, packed with after work patrons and a live music venue. There needs to be stronger enforcement of heritage and strengthening rules to prevent people sitting on properties like this knowing they’ll eventually be able to demolish them.

  2. Claire, 20. November 2020, 10:56

    This is a heritage listed building. It should never have been sold in the hope that new owners would fix it. Council or Govt should buy these buildings. Then do the work. It could be a pub again with apartments on top. And add a bit of character to the Adelaide precinct full of higher apartment buildings. We hope the WCC with some help from Govt will get on with it. Instead of planning to demolish other heritage buildings ie houses.

  3. Elaine Hampton, 20. November 2020, 12:44

    Uneconomic to strengthen, what did Lakhi Maa pay for it? Smacks of land banking. We lost the swimming pool and the beautiful Villas on the Basin. The Council should compulsorily purchase this building and restore it.

  4. John H, 20. November 2020, 18:45

    The Plimmer Bequest to the City of Wellington came from Charles Plimmer (son of John). Charles was a liquor baron and one of his most successful ventures was … the Tramway Hotel. Seeing as there is probably still a few mill’ sloshing around in the bequest’s bank account, I can’t help but feel that it would be rather appropriate if the WCC were to seize control of the hotel and employ funding from the bequest to fix the building. After all, it was the Tramway Hotel that generated a fair swag of the cash that originally made up the bequest. The spanner in the works of this idea is that Charles Plimmer requested that the bequest be use only for ‘beautification’ (meaning tree planting, parks etc), but beauty can take many forms…

  5. Trish, 24. November 2020, 9:03

    More 10 years ago a builder told me that they were all set to carry out major work on the Tramway. The plan was to save the street frontages and rebuild behind. However they were stymied by an inability to get insurance on the street walls during the work. Does that story fit Gregor’s timeline? Is it true?

  6. Corey, 24. November 2020, 14:01

    It is a derelict building in an insignificant place, it is not a tourist destination and doesn’t match with the surrounding area. They should get on with it and demolish it. $6 million to strengthen is just stupid.