New landlords (from left) Sam, Dennis and Hana Deavoll, with Phoenix (3), Indy (5) and Sonny Deavoll (3 months) stand on Saturday on the site of a new cafe-bar, dairy and office complex being developed at 1 Onslow Rd, Nerin Square, in the Lake Hayes Estate. Photo by James Beech.
The 440 homes of Lake Hayes Estate will have a place to meet
and greet and buy the daily essentials on their doorstep for
the first time when a long-awaited cafe, bar and grocery
opens next year.
The Deavoll family bought the consented commercial lot within
the 1100sq m on Nerin Sq, owned for the development of
affordable residences by the Queenstown Lakes Community
Hana and Sam Deavoll, of Lake Hayes Estate, and Sam's father
Dennis, of Frankton, intend to build and become the landlords
of a service and convenience supply hub on the vacant lot of
1 Onslow Rd.
Through licensee salesman Simon Haslett, of Ray White
Queenstown, the Deavolls are calling for expressions of
interest by December 20 for the available tenancies, which
range from a 164sq m area with sunny sheltered courtyard and
parking for vehicles and bicycles, two 45sq m ground floor
retail areas, and two 49sq m first-floor offices.
Mrs Deavoll said the family wanted to provide ''a community
hub where people can pop in for a loaf of bread and meet for
a coffee, tradies can stop by for a beer after work and
there's everyday dining.
''We've got a good sense of community down there and we've
got children too, so we want it to be family-friendly.''
The building, designed by Michael Wells Design Ltd, of Lake
Hayes Estate, is aimed to be in keeping with the style of
housing on the estate, but clear in its commercial purpose.
The site is next to the McBride Park playground, the Little
Rockets Childcare facility, the community housing development
and a Connectabus stop.
The tenants stand to serve the growing population of the
estate and surrounding areas, the cyclists and pedestrians on
the Queenstown Trail, plus 700 to 900 houses to be built at
the nearby linked Shotover Country residential development
and the 650 pupils to attend Shotover Primary School.
Lake Hayes Estate in 2011 was deemed ''acceptable'' and
''less successful'', while its out-of-town location without
any services was ''a major urban design concern'', in a
critique of suburbs tabled at a Queenstown Lakes District
Council sub-committee meeting.
The critique said the estate would be ''more successful'' had
it been treated as a ''stand-alone village'' with shops and
enough amenities to create a village centre and destination
Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust chairman David Cole,
of Dalefield, confirmed the land had been sold and settled
and the operator was planning to put in place a cafe-bar.
''From a trust's perspective, we need to always listen
carefully to what the community is saying,'' Mr Cole said.
''The trust, arguably, could have put another two houses in
there, but the Lake Hayes community has been saying to us all
along that they wanted a cafe-bar down there, at Lake Hayes
Estate, so we've always been mindful of that overriding