Coolstore dismantling underway

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Work to dismantle the last coolstore on the disused Devine Rd Icepak site is into its second week.

The Icepak coolstore is being dismantled ready for removal
The Icepak coolstore is being dismantled ready for removal

The coolstore, the only survivor of the fatal 2008 fire, got a wash down in September and serious efforts to dismantle and remove it began last week.

It is to be relocated to Icepak’s Waharoa site clearing the way for the former commercial zone to return to residential status like the surrounding Tamahere properties.

The extensive concrete pads on the site – previously floors for the coolstores that covered the area – are to be ground to rubble.

The coolstore has not been in use since June 2010 after a deal struck between Icepak and the Waikato District Council allowed it to continue to operate for a period following the fatal 2008 fire in return for Icepak relinquishing claims to commercial use of the site.

Earlier story: Landmark of tragedy to go

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