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The house the community built sold at auction for $1.2million in Cromwell on Friday $1million over its initial target.

For the past two years, Cromwell businesses, alongside the Cromwell Rotary and Cromwell Lions Clubs, have been building the house affectionately known as Lot 47.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom, double garage home at 11 Searle Dr was built as a fundraiser for the newly opened St John ambulance station.

The build was proposed by local lawyer Doreen Evans, who approached Rotary and Lions two years ago, but Covid-19 restrictions caused disruptions along the way.

The completed 181sqm home sits on a 463sqm section with a rateable value of $900,000.

Breen Construction helped with the build while also building the ambulance station, offering some of its skilled labourers to help.

Mission accomplished . . . The house the community built at the suggestion of Doreen Evans has raised funds for the newly built St John ambulance station and other health initiatives. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

Ms Evans said the aim was to raise at least $200,000 to fund St John’s shortfall on the new station, and the remaining funds would be tagged for other health initiatives.

These included a replacement shuttle for the Central Otago area, a generator for the station, scholarships for health worker training and community health-related courses.