Central Energy Trust Arena


PHOTO: WARWICK SMITH/STUFF Buildings on the corner of Cuba and Waldegrave streets, Palmerston North, are being demolished to prevent further vandalism.

Scruffy buildings on the corner of Palmerston North’s Cuba and Waldegrave streets are being demolished, well ahead of plans to create a new plaza entrance to Central Energy Trust Arena on the site.

The city council bought the property, at one stage operating as the April Sun on Cuba day spa and beauty business, for $320,000 in a mortgagee sale in 2012.

It was a strategic buy to provide options for a new entrance to Arena and was initially rented out.