A plan to develop a cafe and homeware store in the former
Rogan McIndoe building in Vogel St, Dunedin, is one step
closer to being realised.
The Dunedin City Council has granted resource consent for the
project being planned by developer Lawrie Forbes at 76 Vogel
''We're very happy with the result,'' Mr Forbes said.
A hearing was held last month to discuss the proposal to
create a cafe, restaurant and homeware store, with possible
function space upstairs.
As the historic building sits in a large-scale retail zone
and the business was not technically allowed, and it was also
proposed to make changes to a building in a heritage
precinct, consent was needed.
The council was concerned allowing an out-of-zone activity to
establish on the site could undermine the strategy and
integrity of the district plan.
The committee of councillors Andrew Noone (chairman), Lee
Vandervis and David Benson-Pope granted consent based on
They commented in the decision the proposal was a ''good
fit'' with a developing heritage precinct and was not
contrary to the plan.
''The proposal will enhance the general amenity of the area
by extensive earthquake strengthening and renovation work.''
A new condition required ground-floor bifolding windows be
resized to align with existing windows on the Vogel St
During the hearing, Mr Forbes' team expressed concerns that
reducing window size would restrict light getting into the
building. However, yesterday he said that had already been
figured into the building's design.
A condition proposed by the city council to limit the hours
the function room could operate was not accepted by the
hearing committee, which did not want to see its use
The committee also added other conditions, including
requiring the retail aspect of the store to be restricted to
retro furniture and soft furnishings, and restricting the
size of the business' sign facing the Jetty St overbridge to
1.8m by 1.8m.
Mr Forbes said some brick work on the building was begun this
week but major works would not begin until building consent
had been granted.
He hoped the renovation would be completed by about September
and the business being run by tenant Riah McLean would be
open ''well before'' Christmas.