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Dunedin City Council resource consents manager Alan Worthington said the council was aware of clearance work at the property "to allow the site to be used for car parking".
A spokeswoman from parking management company ParkMate, which has had vehicles parked on the site this week, said the company had been assessing the site, but had not been involved in its clearing.
There were "no big plans [and] nothing finalised" as far as the site went, she said.
Mr Worthington said the most recent resource consent for the site was issued in 2018, and had been renewed regularly since it was initially granted in 2007.
It allowed for the construction of a three-storey building with 74 on-site car parks.
The council would work with the developer to ensure compliance with issued consents and the district plan, he said.
The owner of the site, Jing Song, could not be reached yesterday.