Residents left in the dark over complex
By Heather McCracken
Residents fighting a proposed hotel and apartment complex are frustrated at being left out of negotiations.
The Logan Park Hotel development, on the former Kingsgate Hotel site in Greenlane, was turned down by resource consent commissioners last year.
Developers appealed against the decision and are now in talks with the council over modified plans.
Logan Park Community Group member Maria De Jong says officers were expected to recommend the council withdraw its opposition.
But residents argued against settling with developers at the council appeals subcommittee meeting late last month.
“We told the councillors on the subcommittee that we felt we hadn’t been party to negotiations and were held at arm’s length,” Mrs De Jong says.
“The whole proposal was still too big, far too intensive and too high.”
Mrs De Jong says developers have made minor modifications to the original design, but it’s not enough.
“The bulk of the development remains and it’s oversized and doesn’t fit with the local neighbourhood,” she says.
Neighbour Tania Morgan says they’re not against development at the Campbell Rd hotel site, which has been empty for a year.
But the 107-apartment proposal by Logan Trust is too big for the residential 6A-zoned neighbourhood, she says.
“We’re not talking about an odd metre here or there, we’re talking about doubling the size.”
The subcommittee considered the appeal in secret after earlier hearing from the residents.
Chairman Peseta Sam LotuIiga says the decision can’t be made public, and he can’t comment on the development.
But residents were told the committee agreed to more talks with developers in the hope of gaining more concessions.
The appeal subcommittee was to consider the matter in secret again yesterday.
The Logan Trust could not be reached for comment.
The resource consent application is no longer available on public file and council staff would not supply a copy of the proposal.
Supersized: Neighbours of the Logan Park development say the complex will be too big for the neighbourhood. From left: Tania Morgan with Declan, 3, and Maria De Jong.