Dunedin 5-star hotel back on course

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 15:45 10/03/2014
Dave Cull
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Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull.

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Dunedin ratepayers will pay $30,000 for a panel of skilled designers to guide the development and construction of a waterfront five-star hotel and apartment complex.

The proposed 27-storey Shanghai-style high-rise complex, backed by Chinese developers Betterways Advisory, was rejected at the end of a protracted Dunedin City Council hearings process last year.

However, talks continued between the council and Betterways.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, flanked by his chief executive Sue Bidrose, said this morning the council and Betterways would work together to make the complex happen.

Through a memorandum of understanding the council would stump up the $300,000 for a panel of urban designers to make traffic and access workable, and to create the hotel design.

The council would also initiate a district plan process to change the industrial zoning of the proposed hotel site, at 41 Wharf St, to ensure its construction complied.

The 240-room complex failed to get resource consent after two successive applications over two years. Its consent application attracted hundreds of opposing submissions, mainly against the hotel's height and its impact on Dunedin's historic cityscape.

Cull said the agreement was about finding a solution that realised both Betterways' ambitions and benefited the city.

This story has been updated to correct the figure the ratepayers will pay to $30,000.

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