Tenants sign up for council eco building

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 13:49 22/11/2012
Tony Lester
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Kapiti Coast District councillor Tony Lester has welcomed the announcement tenants have signed up to live in eco housing.

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A proposed clean technology eco-building - part of a council public-private partnership - has netted its first tenants.

In a written statement Kapiti Coast District councillor Tony Lester welcomed the announcement last week but said about half the planned 900 square metre building in Otaki's Cleantech Park was still available.

Meanwhile, speaking at last week's corporate business committee meeting Mr Lester said keeping the project on track was a "chicken and egg" situation.

"The key thing is to make sure that we have sufficient people [tenants] stacked up so that we could get the development money allocated to enable the building to be done. And it seems to be an ever-improving response."

In June the council approved a $1.5 million loan to kick start the cleantech park, part of the Pritchards development stable.

The loan was part of the council's bid to boost economic development in the district, and will be paid back over nine years by a trust set up to develop the park.

The Clean Technology Trust aims to create the building as a hub for companies producing energy-saving technologies.

Last week, Zero Emission Vehicles, CSS technologies in association with Fastcom, and Symbiont were announced as the new tenants.

Zero Emissions is building electric-powered compacting trucks for councils and waste operators - and is contracted to build one for Kapiti's council.

CSS technologies in association with Fastcom are providing the park with information and communication technology; Symbiont provides online learning systems.

Trust chairman David Moloney said the trust's purpose was to allow "world-class" clean technology developers to commercialise globally from Kapiti.

"The council is signalling that the market is ready to invest in the tangible benefits these technologies bring for the economy and the environment.

In July Mr Lester was appointed the council representative on the trust - the position a condition of the council's loan.

The park is being built adjacent to the Clean Technology Centre in Otaki and construction is due to start in January.

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