An 1890’s Hotel in Otaki is waiting for its fate to be decided.
The Kapiti Coast District Council is assessing an application for the Jubilee Hotel to be demolished.
The owners of the hotel want the building demolished based on Information from a Local Government and Information Meetings Act request, according to the NZ Herald.
The former hotel, in Waerenga Rd, which was the House of Hope in recent years, has been modified a lot over the years, and is not listed by Heritage New Zealand.
An independent heritage assessment by Elizabeth Cox from Bay Heritage Consultants concluded the building had medium local heritage significance but was unlikely to have regional or national significance.
A builder's report by Capital Construction director Brent Wickens said the building is in a dilapidated condition, unoccupied, and isn’t fit for use.
A preliminary cost estimate to restore it to a 3.5/4 star status was over $5 million but more hidden costs are likely so repairing it isn’t a viable commercial proposition.
From the 1890s until perhaps the 1940s or 1950s the hotel was used for large meetings and dinners as well as a public house and for accommodation and food, and has held a vital role in the social fabric of the small town, for both locals and visitors.
It was connected with many local significant events.