Work about to start on High Street ho­tel


Work on Lower Hutt’s long awaited ho­tel in south­ern High St should be­gin be­fore the end of Jan­uary.

De­vel­oper Ra­man Sarin said he was in the fi­nal stages of do­ing the nec­es­sary pa­per work with the bank and the only de­lay now was get­ting con­sent for the nec­es­sary pil­ing.

The coun­cil had been very dili­gent about the pil­ing as it sat on top of the aquifer but he was con­fi­dent a so­lu­tion would be agreed upon soon.

The ho­tel was orig­i­nally planned to open in early 2017.

Hutt City Coun­cil spent $3.5 mil­lion clear­ing it for the de­vel­oper and it is hoped the ho­tel will help re­ju­ve­nate Lower Hutt’s CBD.

When the project was first un­veiled, it was in­tended to run par­al­lel with the coun­cil’s nearby $24 mil­lion events cen­tre.

Sarin won the con­tact to run the events cen­tre and this week he ap­pointed a man­ager.

Last week scaf­fold­ing and an ex­tra builder’s shed ap­peared on the weed cov­ered empty lot in High St prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion that work was fi­nally about to be­gin.

How­ever the coun­cil said the scaf­fold­ing was re­lated to re­pairs on the build­ing next door.

Coun­cil spokes­woman Selina Sim­cox said there were valid rea­sons for the on-go­ing de­lays.

‘‘A build­ing con­sent for the de­vel­op­ment by USAR Com­mer­cial As­sets Ltd is cur­rently with coun­cil for pro­cess­ing and coun­cil is in reg­u­lar con­tact with de­vel­oper Mr Sarin.’’

Sarin said he re­mained fully com­mit­ted to the project and was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the builders on the site in Jan­uary.

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