FLATS FOR CITY (Evening Post, 12 October 1940)

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flats for city dixon street block 116 suites provided plans now ready some particulars of a very large block of flats to be erected by the state housing department in dixon street have been given by the minister of housing the hon h t armstrong the ten-storeyed reinforced concrete building in the heart of the city will contain 116 fiats of uniform size each fully private and complete and electrically equipped the rentals will probably be about 26s a week tenders for the work will be called as soon as the final checking of the earthquake stresses have been completed each flat will comprise a living-room bedroom kitchen bathroom and the usual amenities the block is the first of its kind undertaken by the department and on this account the planing work has taken some time to prepare particularly as the department has to turn out plans for the regular housing scheme at the rate of 75 to 80 houses a week or in other words a house every half-hour of the working day a caretaker or caretakers will be responsible for the conduct of the tenants a gardener will look after the grounds and an attendant will take care of the cleaning of those parts of the building which are subject to common usage each flat will overlook the harbour the kitchen will contain standard electrical equipment and living-rooms will be electrically heated access to each flat will be obtained by lift of which there will be two the lifts at each floor level will give access to a balcony at the back each balcony runs the full length of each floor escape stairs are provided near each end of the building the whole of the building is in reinforced concrete except for the internal partitions of the individual flat and for this reason the fire hazard is reduced to a minimum however should a fire occur in the kitchen there is a possibility of access to the rear balcony being cut off and escape exits are being provided to the neighbouring flats from sunporch to sunporch this will probably take the form of a panel which can readily be broken down in case of emergency the department has obtained the ready co-operation and advice of the fire board the site is historic it was selected as his first place of residence by mr george hunter the first mayor of wellington and the house which he brought out in sections from the old country stood there more than 40 years before it was removed to make way for the commodious two-storey wooden house which still stands on the site opposite st john sunday school this residence was occupied for many years by the late mr w sefton moorhouse who married a miss hunter and later it was occupied by sir george hunter mp up to the time of his death it was later occupied by lady hunter and subsequently let for occupation as a boarding-house


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