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Wellington CBD car park to be demolished

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/12/2016
New Zealand residents parked cars near the top of Mt Victoria, the highest hill in Wellington following an earthquake on November 14. © MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images New Zealand residents parked cars near the top of Mt Victoria, the highest hill in Wellington following an earthquake on November 14.

The Wellington car parking building which has been cordoned off since the November 14 earthquake will be demolished.

The Wellington City Council (WCC) has decided to take the car park belonging to Reading Cinema down after engineers' reports show the damage is so significant it is not safe for anyone to enter.

The cordon around the Tory Street, Courtenay Place car park will be in place until the building is demolished.

Reading International is working with the council, engineers and the demolition company to demolish it as soon as possible, but a date has not yet been set.

Mike Scott, WCC's building consents and compliance manager, said they realise the cordon has been in place longer than originally thought but public safety is the priority.

"We realise this is causing a lot of disruptions ... as soon as we know more about the timeline we'll share this information."

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