‘Nothing to report’ on building project — developers

The developers of new luxury accommodation at Oamaru Harbour are silent on progress. Photo: Hamish MacLean
The developers of new luxury accommodation at Oamaru Harbour are silent on progress. Photo: Hamish MacLean
The developers of an ocean-facing 22-unit boutique luxury accommodation complex in Tyne St are ‘‘not front page people’’ and have declined to answer Otago Daily Times questions about their Oamaru Harbour project.

Before construction began, Oamaru’s Ross and Debbie Ward said they respected the fact they were about to build in one of Oamaru’s most public places.

‘‘We’d just as soon be ‘head down, bum up’, but that’s fine, we appreciate that people want to know, as well,’’ Mrs Ward said.

After putting off ODT questions since May, yesterday she confirmed she would not answer questions about the project while it was under way.

‘‘I know that I said that we would be happy to catch up as we reached some of our milestones but there is honestly nothing to report,’’ she said.

‘‘Apologies for any disappointment this may cause.’’

The Wards won the right to develop the 6200sqm site after the Waitaki District Council released an expression-of-interest document to formally request ideas from potential developers in May 2017.

The complex would be lit up at night, Mr Ward said at the start of last year. It would take up about 2000sqm of the site.

‘‘Once we get started ... it will go up pretty quick,’’ he said.

hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

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