Room boost gets the nod

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A proposed hotel at Five Mile has been given the green light to nearly double its planned number of rooms.

Queenstown Gateway Ltd (QGL) applied to boost the number of rooms at its landmark Frankton Flats hotel from 70 to 120.

Queenstown’s council has app-roved the consent variation, saying the adverse effects from the operation would be “no more than minor”.

There’ll be no change to the building’s footprint.

QGL director Craig Greenwood says upping the number of rooms makes economic sense.

He isn’t keen to give a timeframe on when the hotel will be finished, saying it’s the “last leg” of the development. But he says the office complex, Building 8, which also features food outlets on the ground floor, is likely to be up and running before Christmas.

QGL bought the Five Mile site in 2009, and gained resource consent for a retail and commercial development comprising 27,905 square metres in 2012.

That consent approved seven new buildings, carparks, an internal roading network, landscaping, signage and lighting.

Three further consents, including one to increase the number of hotel rooms to 70 through the addition of a fourth storey to Building 7, were granted in 2016 and last year.

Queenstown Airport was the only submitter to the most recent application.

It was neutral on the proposal, but asked for conditions around the size of the building and noise insulation.

In her report recommending the application be accepted, council senior planner Erin Stagg says the purpose of the Frankton Flats A Zone is to enable development while “maintaining and enhancing the natural values of the environment”.

The application was in line with that, she says.

Meanwhile, construction work is progressing on the nearby 4ha retail complex Queenstown Central, also part of the developing Frankton Flats area.

Anchor tenant Kmart has started advertising for staff, saying in jobs advertisements it will open doors to the retail store in October.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz