Former library to be razed

Former Don St library being demolished

THE former Invercargill Public Library heritage-listed building on Don St is being demolished, paving the way for new developments for the inner city.

Ryal Bush Transport had been contracted to undertake the demolition work.

Ryal Bush Transport project manager Russell Clouston said demolition of the building started this week and was expected to be completed within six to eight weeks.
19 Don St Ltd director Wayne Hill said the site would be converted into a car park for 38 vehicles, primarily for use by staff and visitors of the Don St business house being built opposite. It had taken 18 months to obtain approval to demolish the category two heritage-listed building, setting a precedent for other heritage buildings in the city to be demolished, he said.  ‘‘Then we will be able to fix the town’s problems.’’

Former children’s librarian Liz Miller outside the former city library at 19 Don St. Photo: Petrina Wright

Well-known former children’s librarian Liz Miller worked in the Don St library from when it opened in the 1960s to when it closed and was relocated to Dee St in the late 1980s.
‘‘It is sad. Not in the sense of the building. The building is dead, but because the memories are so deep and they will never go away,’’ she said.
‘‘This is where I invented myself as a children’s librarian.
‘‘It was a lovely place to be and lovely things happened [there].’’

The development was expected to be completed by the end of April/early May.