Auckland Council will help restore a derelict downtown building that is described as an eyesore.
The century-old five-storey heritage building on Albert Street has been empty for more than 15 years, is covered in graffitti and has broken windows.
Mayor Len Brown says the building is disgusting but the council can't legally force the owner to maintain it so has come to an agreement whereby both parties will pay for it to be cleaned up.
Mr Brown won't say how much that will cost the ratepayer but says it's well worth the money.
However, Councillor Cameron Brewer says the cost should be made public.