SWDC decide to retain central Greytown properties

South Wairarapa District Council will not sell or long-term lease Greytown properties 85 and 87 West Street at this time.

This decision was made at a Council meeting yesterday in response to a development proposal put forward by local business owner Adam Blackwell.

The extensive concept proposed accommodation, hospitality, entertainment, cycle hire and a boutique cinema located on the sites.

South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen says although the development proposal has merit for Greytown, Council needs to fully consider the future use of this land.

“These are the last two commercially zoned Council properties in Greytown, therefore careful consideration and understanding of potential uses need to be explored before such a final decision is made,” says Mr Beijen.

SWDC Chief Executive Harry Wilson says that any decision will need to meet council policy and go through formal council processes. “It is important to note that any proposal to sell or lease the land long term would be subject to an open tender process.”

SWDC proposes to engage with the community about the long-term vision of these properties ahead of the next Long Term Plan process. “Council wants the community’s input into the future use of the land for the greater benefit of the South Wairarapa district” says Mr Beijen.

The Assets and Services Committee considered a range of community uses for the land and put forward an urban park or council-owned amenity for further consideration.

For more information please go to www.swdc.govt.nz/…..

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