St Mary of the Angels misses out on the millions

A decision by the Environment Court confirming its ruling against the proposed demolition of the Harcourt’s building in Lambton Quay in Wellington is bad news for St Mary of the Angels Parish.

Developer Mark Dunajtschik had offered to donate $5 million towards the restoration of  St Mary of the Angels Church if he got consent to demolish the the building.

He made the offer in the course of his presentation to the Environment Court hearing.

St Mary of the Angels is facing a bill of $9 million to bring the Church up to an acceptable earthquake strengthened standard.

At the same time Dunajtschik offered to donate $5 million to St Gerard’s Monastery which also requires strengthening.

In a decision released this weekend, Environment Judge Jeff Smith said public safety and the risk to the neighbouring HSBC tower could be protected by measures other than demolition of the heritage building, such as strengthening.


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