The former Montecillo war veterans' home in Dunedin could be
demolished, but before a final decision is made, the site
will undergo an archaeological assessment.
The site has been bought by Morclarke Developments, which
took possession a few days ago.
Director Lloyd Morshuis said the building would probably be
demolished, but he was working closely with the New Zealand
Historic Places Trust because the site could have
archaeological significance due to pre-1900 occupation.
''We can't just pull it down,'' he said. The 1904 building,
which became a home for veterans in 1918, had no protection
An archaeological assessment would be carried out to
determine the site's significance.
''If there is something here, then we'll treat it
Excavators were on site clearing and tidying the overgrown
''There are some absolutely stunning trees in here that are
just getting choked with vines and everything else.''
Mr Morshuis did not know what would be developed on the site
if the building was demolished, but a rest-home development
was possible. The 1.3ha Eglinton Rd site was bought in 2004
by Fox and Hammer Investment Ltd, which sold the complex to
Morclarke Developments. The site has been unoccupied for
Otago Southland Historic Places Trust area manager Owen
Graham said he was working with the company to ensure there
was a process in place to deal with any archaeological
The Dunedin City Council has granted consent for the