Dunedin’s hopes for a $100 hotel on the waterfront are over after a report due on March 21 had still not been delivered over 3 weeks later. Developer, Jing Song, decided that she had been strung along by the Dunedin City Council for too long and terminated the project.
An ODT editorial says:
The bottom line is someone was looking to spend more than $100 million in the city and it appears that is not going to happen now. A large opportunity has been lost.
Mile Hosking has also commented:
How many five star hotels does Dunedin have? None. Why? Because they drove the developer nuts and they’ve packed up their bags and gone home.
So Much for “Red Carpet, Not Red Tape”.
The Dunedin City Council claims to have a “Red Carpet, Not Red Tape” policy, but a Ravensbourne development is being held up by DCC bureaucrats.
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Emergency tweet at the weekend warning that Nelson was about to overtake and put Dunedin in 10th place, and that has happened:
Top 5 required to get in the finals.
Things are getting desperate:
The DCC is employing someone for this campaign.
How much is the total cost and will it be wasted?
The ODT reports (not online);
NEW mechanical systems at the upgraded Dunedin Centre, including lifts, lighting, heating, ventilation and sprinklers, are costing $95,000 a year to maintain.
The systems were installed as part of the $42 million refurbishment and upgrade of the complex, which includes the Municipal Chambers, the Town Hall and the Glenroy Auditorium.
…. however the full cost of operating the Dunedin Centre venue would have to be covered by its operator, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML).
Retiring Chairman of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, Peter McIntyre, gives his opinion in the ODT.
I agree : if investors want to put their money into Dunedin, then we need to do all we can to take advantage of the opportunity.
Dunedin ratepayers are facing a 3% rates rise, twice the rate of inflation, and will also have to pay increased fees for Dunedin City Council services.
This is without considering the unfunded losses and debts of the Stadium.