It’s a deal! Station sold

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Oamaru’s historic railway station has officially been sold, although the owners don’t want their identity revealed,.

The sale went unconditional at 2pm yesterday but the new owners, a North Island couple, have still not been revealed.

LJ Hooker real estate agent Stephen Robertson, who was in charge of the sale, said it’s finally good to have the building sold.

“It’s a type of building which will naturally takes awhile to sell with all the processes needed because of it being a community buidling.”

Mr Robertson said the buyer who bought the building is the same person with whom the due diligence was offered back on June 22.

“I believe the trust took all offers into account and have settled on this one because it is what they feel was the best offer for the railway station.”

Whitestone Civic Trust chairman Peter Garvan could not be be reached for comment.

The Oamaru railway station has been sold with the Whitestone Civic Trust having found an unconditional buyer for the town’s iconic railway station with the buyer interested in maintaining the building’s identity.

The settlement of the building to officially change it to the new owners is set to take place in two months time, said Mr Robertson.

The railway station, which was built in 1900, was designed by the New Zealand Railway Department architect George Troup, which also designed the Dunedin Railway Station.

The North Island couple who purchased the building made a conditional offer for the railway station on May 22.

The sale of the railway station was expected to be completed in June, but due diligence was granted to the buyer.

Oamaru’s historic railway station is a catergory two historic building and under the sales agreement, it cannot be demolished and the exterior features and appearance must remain the same.

PHOTO: The Whitestone Civic Trust has found an unconditional buyer for the Oamaru Railway Station.