The architect's impression of a proposed St Clair apartment
block at 6 The Esplanade. Image by Herriot and Melhuish
A Pproposal for an up to $7 million apartment block on
the seaward side of St Clair Esplanade, selling apartments off
the plan, has sparked a high level of interest.
In mid-August, former Dunedin couple Rebecca Tohill and Grant
Henderson, co-directors of Wellington-based St Clair
Esplanade Ltd, announced they were seeking ''expressions of
interest'' for their proposed Esplanade development, which at
present has a single storey brick house on it.
CRT Real Estate saleswoman Elizabeth McKewen said when
contacted there had been a ''high level of interest'' during
the past eight weeks, but no formal negotiations.
The developers will meet some of the interested parties in
the coming weeks, along with the architects, to work out
construction pricing and gauge the project's commercial
''There was no issue with [potentially selling] the
penthouses - everyone could see themselves living there,
whatever the price,'' she said.
The development, on the 0.037ha site, has basement car
parking, a small commercial retail area and three storeys of
It has been estimated up to six apartments, of two or three
bedrooms each, could be incorporated in the project, with
construction costs in a range of $5.5 million to $7 million.
While it appears the project could fit within the relatively
new 11m height rezoning, meaning no public notification of
resource consent applications, Ms McKewen did not rule out
building outside the ruling, given the project dimensions had
not been finalised.
Earlier estimates for the apartments, designed by Herriot and
Melhuish Architecture, ranged from $650,000 to more than $1
million for each of the two penthouses.