A.H. Reed building


PHOTO: HAMISH MCNEILLY/STUFF This Crawford St property, the former A.H. Reed building, has been the subject of a court case in the High Court at Dunedin.

Unpaid rent has led to a legal scrap involving a historic building once associated with a famous publisher.

Oakwood Properties owns the land at 75 Crawford/33 Jetty St, where the Reed Building – the former headquarters of A.H. Reed’s publishing business – is sited.

The 122-year-old building, in Dunedin’s historic warehouse precinct, was owned by Dunedin Heritage Restoration Ltd until a court decision late last month.

The company’s sole director, Roger Bray, bought the building in September 2014 and planned to convert the corner site into apartments, but work seemed to have stopped in recent years.