A report to be received by Tauranga City Council’s Projects, Services and Operations Committee (PSOC) on 15 September outlines progress made on the complex workstreams which will determine the future of the abandoned Harington Street Transport Hub building.
Construction of the 550-carpark building was abandoned in June 2020 following expert advice that the cost of addressing the structure’s seismic design deficiencies would be prohibitive.
Council Infrastructure General Manager, Nic Johansson, said a process has been developed to deal with the existing physical structure, determining the best use of the site and recovering wasted construction costs.
Matters to be reported on at Tuesday’s committee meeting include options for stabilising the structure and/or site; demolition options and approach; consent amendments; the ongoing costs of securing the site; and potential mediation/legal proceedings to recover construction costs.
Regulatory matters relating to building and resource consents will be treated as a separate workstream, reflecting the need for the council Building Control Authority to function separately from the council’s role as the property owner and developer.