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Biz boom: An artist's impression of the proposed Brecon Street commercial hub BSPN ARCHITECTURE/RESOURCE CONSENT

An Aussie businessman facing criminal charges across the ditch is behind plans to bowl a building in Queenstown’s Brecon Street and replace it with a commercial hub.

M-Space Limited has applied for consent to demolish the CaddyShack mini-golf building and replace it with a two-storey precinct featuring a restaurant, bar, 10-pin bowling alley, and other commercial operators.

It’s the latest in a series of developments in the area, including iFly and developer Graham Wilkinson’s proposed nine-storey hotel.

One of M-Space’s directors is wealthy businessman Denis Mackenzie, who’s been charged by Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog with five counts of obtaining by deception over a failed schools project that cost taxpayers up to $240 million.

The other director is fellow Australian Michael Hannon.

Neither replied to a request for comment.

Mackenzie hit the headlines last December when Mountain Scene revealed he was a director of Rees Valley Lodge Ltd, the company behind plans for a luxury lodge at Rees Valley Station.

Its application had both Glenorchy residents and the Federated Mountain Clubs up in arms over helicopter noise, public consultation, and its proximity to conservation land, and sparked a petition that received hundreds of signatures.

The application has been on hold since December.

An artist’s impression of the view of the building from downtown BSPN ARCHITECTURE/RESOURCE CONSENT

The latest application outlines plans to demolish the building on the 3285sqm site next to iFly.

It would be replaced with two buildings joined by a central courtyard.

Confirmed tenancies include chocolate cafe Max Brenner, dessert cafe Gelato, Mexican restaurant El Camino, 10-pin bowling business Kingpin, and bar The Bavarian.

According to application, other tenancies would likely include smaller retail, commercial or food outlets.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz