An inner city Auckland (NZ) building destined to be a brothel has been cordoned off after large cracks were found in the walls this afternoon, and parts of the building may have to be pulled down.
Council engineers and a surveyor were inspecting the Palace Hotel, formerly known as the Aurora Tavern, after a member of the public noticed the cracks about 4pm. The building opposite the Sky Tower had been bought to be converted into a brothel.
"There was some sort of restoration underway, and that was its planned use I believe," Auckland Council spokesman Glyn Walters said. The original building, built in 1886, appeared to be sound but the cracks were in two annexes, added in 1889 and 1912.
Both those annexes were showing signs of serious cracking, and a decision would be made early this evening about whether to demolish them, Mr Walters said. "While it's a tragedy to lose parts of a listed building, health and safety of people around it come first."
Victoria Street West, between Hobson and Albert, had been cordoned off. Nearby shops were evacuated. Police were advising motorists to avoid the area or face long delays. The cordon was put in place as city traffic began to build to a peak after the close of the business day. Several hundred people gathered to watch the activities.
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