The Cook Islands Investment Corporation has called for tenders to do the job.
Manager for government facility development Anne Taoro confirmed the partial demolition is to clear the large open area; the floor slab and the rooms at the rear will remain for now.
The building was originally a fruit processing factory built by Island Foods Limited in the 1960/70s. The factory closed down in the late 1970’s.
Taoro said there has been no immediate need to demolish the building previously but now, the area that is to be cleared will be used for temporary offices for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management.
Work is to start next month.
At the moment they did not see the need for any building occupants to relocate, but they would inform them and other neighbours in the adjourning properties of the plans before work starts.
Taoro said there would definitely be noise and dust so the demolition plan would include measures to reduce the impact as much as possible.
The Ministry of Justice occupied most of the building through the 1990s and until 2004. “The Chinese contractor who built the Cook Islands Police used the building for their staff accommodation, Taoro said.”