New apart­ments boost for Lyall Bay

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - JAMES PAUL

Res­i­dents are hail­ing a pro­posed six-storey build­ing com­pris­ing 66 res­i­den­tial units as an ‘‘eco­nomic boost’’ for Welling­ton’s sea­side sub­urb of Lyall Bay.

Welling­ton City Coun­cil is seek­ing sub­mis­sions on the re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion for the 19.8 me­tre-high project, which is ear­marked for the cor­ner of Kings­ford Smith St and Lyall Pa­rade.

Res­i­den­tial units will vary in size, from one-bed­room dwellings to five-bed­room apart­ments across five floors.

The con­cept also con­tains 808 square me­tres of busi­ness and re­tail space, and 59 car parks, built around a large open sharedspace court­yard form­ing a ring­shaped build­ing.

A base­ment level will in­clude 46 car parks and 39 stor­age lock­ers, with 11 car parks and 14 stor­age lock­ers on the ground floor and two sep­a­rate ve­hi­cle ac­cess ways from Kings­ford Smith St.

Res­i­dent and busi­ness owner Ly­dia Sug­gate said she was ex­cited by the pro­posal, as Lyall Bay has been over­looked for an up­grade.

‘‘I think we def­i­nitely need more in this part of Welling­ton. Lyall Bay is ar­guably the best beach in the city, and it just seems it has been un­der­de­vel­oped.

‘‘The first thing you see when you fly into Welling­ton is those hor­ri­ble, old build­ings along the wa­ter­front.

‘‘It seems strange that noth­ing has been done long ago.’’

As the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant The Botanist, she wel­comed more busi­ness to the area.

‘‘It will add to the vi­brancy.’’

But she was con­cerned that con­struc­tion might not fit with the feel of the Bay.

Lind­say Ea­ton said if the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment got the goa­head, it would give Lyall Bay a much needed ‘‘shot in the arm’’.

‘‘My first thought was ex­cite­ment, firstly be­cause of prop­erty val­ues. Lyall Bay needs to be made into some­thing, you know. This de­vel­op­ment would be a ma­jor state­ment for what is quite a run­down area.’’

The cor­ner site is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by a ware­house used to store ve­hi­cles.

On Tues­day Nav­i­ga­tor Apart­ments listed the apart­ments on Trade Me with a price tag start­ing at $795,000.

‘‘The build­ing has an en­vi­ron­men­tally-ef­fi­cient de­sign, and its seafront location is a guar­an­tee that the mag­nif­i­cent coastal views af­forded to res­i­dents can­not be built out.’’

It will boast an in­door heated swim­ming pool, spa, sauna, gym, and a pri­vate cin­ema.

Welling­ton City coun­cil­lor Andy Fos­ter said he couldn’t com­ment on the pro­posal be­cause it had been pub­licly no­ti­fied.

The clos­ing date for sub­mis­sions is De­cem­ber 5.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the six-storey build­ing pro­posed for Welling­ton’s Lyall Bay. IL­LUS­TRA­TION: REVE AR­CHI­TEC­TURE Ly­dia Sug­gate agrees with the de­vel­op­ment of the sea­side Welling­ton sub­urb but she has sev­eral con­cerns. PHOTO: KEVIN STENT/STUFF

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