Historic house’s fate to be decided

The house at 284 Stuart St may be demolished to make way for an apartment complex. PHOTO: GERARD...
The house at 284 Stuart St may be demolished to make way for an apartment complex. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
The loss of a significant tree and 103-year-old house in central Dunedin will be offset by the benefits of a new housing development that will be a more efficient use of valuable inner-city land, its developers say.

Elim Group has applied to the Dunedin City Council for a consent to fell a protected lime tree and demolish the house at 284 Stuart St and build a complex containing about 30 one- or two-bedroom apartments in their place.

The application has been publicly notified as the development requires the removal of the tree and the multi-level building on the corner of Stuart St and York Pl, and the development would be above the allowed height for the central city area.

An application for consent has been submitted to the Dunedin City Council.

The application, written by Cubitt Consulting, says the original proposal for the site was set back from the scheduled tree.

However, when advised by a structural engineer and the council’s consultant arborist that the tree would not survive necessary work to fix a failing retaining wall below it, the proposal was redesigned to fill the "gap" caused by the original setback to the tree.

An artist’s impression of what the new complex would look like. IMAGE: SUPPLIED
An artist’s impression of what the new complex would look like. IMAGE: SUPPLIED
The proposal was now an efficient use of valuable inner-city land, it said.

In relation to residential development, the property was in a zone that encouraged high-density residential accommodation within the inner city.

The development would reduce reliance on private motor vehicles, and the new building was of an attractive design that would positively contribute to the area’s streetscape, the application said.

The website propertyvalue.co.nz says the property last sold in October 2019 for $1.1 million.

The application does not specify exactly how many apartments will be in the complex.

Submissions on the proposal can be made by the public until January 25, 2024.

nina.tapu@alliedpress.co.nz

 

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