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Delighted about $30k grant for seismic work

THE owners of a heritage building on Gladstone Road will receive Government funding of $30,000 towards the cost of earthquake strengthening work.

Snackisfaction Cafe and Bar, on the Gladstone Road-Lowe Street corner, is described as a “notable building” in the city’s District Plan.

The $30,000 funding has come in the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding grants.

“The grant will assist the owner to carry out the work required for seismic strengthening of this building,” Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson said.

The funding is for portal frame and footing work as well as masonry and parapet tying.

Mr Robertson said heritage buildings provided a real-life tangible connection to New Zealand’s history and collectively told a story about the communities we live in.

“It’s heartening to see private building owners in regional New Zealand taking advantage of the Heritage EQUIP scheme to give more protection to these important properties and make them safer.”

Building owners Mark (Cryp) and Michelle Greig said they were delighted with the grant.

“The Snackisfaction building is the oldest standing building in the Gisborne business district. It was built in 1870,” Mark said.

“We expect our contractors, McCannics, to begin work in the next couple of days, positioning strengthening steel inside the building.

“We expect that work to take about three weeks.”

Mr Greig said he and his wife were going to carry out the earthquake strengthening work anyway.

“We were always intending to keep the building intact.

“But we were concerned about the cost, and while the $30k is only a portion of that cost, we certainly welcome it.”

He said the building was probably a couple of years older than Wyllie Cottage by the Tairawhiti Museum.

“It was built originally as a hardware store.”

A total of 42 buildings received financial support in the latest Heritage EQUIP funding round through 23 grants. Fifteen grants are for upgrade work and eight for professional advice.

Snackisfaction Café and Bar owners Mark and Michelle Greig have received $30,000 from the Government towards the cost of earthquake-strengthening work to save the oldest standing building in the central city. It was built around 1870 as a hardware store. The couple are delighted with the grant. Picture By Paul Rickard