Over 300 rooms in new blocks

More than 300 student and visitor accommodation rooms are arriving in Dunedin’s university district after construction began on a private student hostel and hotel complex at Anzac Ave yesterday.

A resource consent issued for the development of the village of Anscombe reveals that there will be five multi-story blocks constructed on the site.

An excavator is at work on the site at the start of the earthworks.

Four of these blocks are intended for 264 student accommodation rooms, while the fifth block will accommodate 57 hotel or motel rooms.

There will be 29 car parks allocated to student apartments, and 22 to the hotel.

The development was planned in two stages, with three three-story blocks with 140 student rooms on the Harrow Street side of the site in the first place.

Developer Tony Clear said the project, which he described as a sophisticated block of student apartments, is expected to take three years.

The first stage is expected to be completed by the end of next year and ready to accept students for the 2023 academic year.

Student apartments ranged from studios to six-bedroom apartments, with each unit being fully self-contained.

Mr. Clear is one of six listed directors for JKM General Partner No 1 Ltd, a company which is listed as a general partner of JKM OFTB LP, which is the company to which resource consent has been granted.

The other five directors are Robert Henry, Tony Sycamore, Michael Van Aart, Henry Van Dyk and Gary Williams.

The second stage of development is on the Anzac Ave side of the site and includes 124 additional student rooms, adjacent to the 57-room hotel.

There were specific conditions attached to resource consent to protect the programmed row of trees planted along Anzac Avenue.

Amended development plans that include a 3.5 meter setback from this boundary should be prepared by a qualified arborist for council approval before construction on the second stage of construction can begin.

The second stage also includes space for commercial activities, but these activities have not yet been approved for the site.

The consent request indicated that these rentals would be the subject of future requests or would be used for licensed activities such as dairies or gymnasiums.

Mr Clear said the village of Anscombe was named after the eminent architect Edmund Anscombe, who was active in Dunedin at the turn of the 20th century.

Hanover St Baptist Church and the main block of Otago Girls’ High School are among the surviving buildings designed by Mr Anscombe.

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