New apartments boost for Lyall Bay
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.