Historic house needs new lease of life

25 June 2018

Wellington City Council is looking for a long-term community focused or NGO tenant to lease a historically significant house located in Khandallah Park.

86 Clark Street custodians residence

The former Khandallah custodian’s residence located at 86 Clark Street, has local historical value as a relatively early survivor from the period when the area was converted from farmland to a city suburb. 

The house was constructed by a local woman, Caroline Pickin circa 1901-1902. It’s strongly associated with the early reservation of native bush in Wellington, and closely identified with the Glen family – in particular the custodian Andrew Glen, who played a large role in the establishment of the reserve and its popularity. 

Council is looking for a suitable tenant to find a use that will contribute to the community, support the sustainability and preservation of the house, and enhance the surrounding reserve areas. 

A Registration of Interest (ROI) process opened today, with pre-arranged visitations of the house available on request for 6 July, deadline for respondent questions on 16 July, and deadline for ROI responses on 27 July 2018. 

Criteria for lease applications:

  • maximise the building’s unique setting, character and layout while minimising the effects on the surrounding amenity values and building’s heritage values
  • is a viable, long-term use for the building
  • has one or more ‘public good’ elements, namely conservation, recreation, community/cultural, or education
  • will ‘actively’ use the building and is not a static activity such as a storage facility
  • maximise the building’s use both temporarily and spatially i.e. not occupied or used for just a few hours a week, or limited to using just part of the lease area. 

For more information, visit the ROI page through our website.