143 Qtown apartments for ski workers
Instead of commuting 60km from Cromwell, NZ Ski workers might be able to live in the heart of Queenstown next season, the company’s boss says.
NZ Ski chief executive Paul Anderson said the 2016 workers’ accommodation plan did not work, with only 20 workers choosing to live in the provided accommodation out of town.
The company, which owns Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, would not be building their own accommodation, but would ‘‘encourage’’ developers to build, he said.
‘‘There are some serious developers looking in town at what to do,’’ Anderson said at the post winter update meeting with Queenstown Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
There were a few options on hosting about 900 seasonal workers, with a Gorge Rd development high on the list, Anderson said.
‘‘The development down Gorge Rd is a potential one. That’s a great development, but there are a few others. There’s good land available in Frankton and a few more sites in town,’’ he said.
The 143-apartment development on Gorge Rd received resource consent two weeks ago.
Managing director of New Ground Capital and developer Roy Thompson said the construction had been planned to start in November but was delayed by at least a month.
It involved two six level buildings adjacent to Queenstown Hill reserve and was therefore deemed to be sensitive land.
Because 70 per
of investors were from Australia, the development required Overseas Investment Office approval.
‘‘The application process is very long and very uncertain so we are seeking alternative investors,’’ Thompson said.
The first building was planned to be occupied by December next year, with the second complex completed pre-winter 2018, he said.
‘‘It’s potentially doable but it’s looking pretty tight.’’
Chamber chief executive Ann Lockhart said workers’ accommodation wasn’t a ‘‘quick fix’’ and could take from one to two years.
She said accommodation in town and heavily subsidised public transport had to be provided.
The chamber was working closely with employers and council to fix the pressing issue, she said.
An artist’s impression of the $30 million development in Queenstown. Two buildings with 143 apartments are planned to be completed by winter 2018.