Developers of a $60 million hotel, proposed for a prime site in Queenstown, will publicly notify the resource consent application.
International private equity real estate firm Pro-invest Group in March announced plans for a 227-room Holiday Inn Express on the corner of Stanley, Sydney and Melbourne Sts.
The proposed site was home to Bungi Backpackers, which closed its doors in June, and covers an adjoining section next to the Millennium Hotel
Pro-invest Developments managing director Tim Sherlock said by opting for a public notification for the consent it would ensure “all voices are heard and feedback is taken on board”.
Public submissions would open tomorrow for 20 working days.
A resource consent hearing would follow in due course.
The planned four-star hotel would comprise rooms in two wings of three and four levels, with a maximum occupancy of 450.
Features included a fitness centre, meeting and laundry facilities as well as the “Great Room” – a space for meetings, cocktail functions and networking.
It would not have full-scale food and beverage facilities, but guests could have complimentary breakfasts and there would also be a “grab-and-go-style market pantry”.
Designed by Queenstown architect Preston Stevens, of McAuliffe Stevens, the proposed hotel combined various abstract elements representative of the resort’s landscape history.
More than 750 jobs would be generated during construction and about 15 further jobs would be created for hotel staff on completion.
The hotel would also provide on-site living accommodation for the majority of its permanent employees.
“We are committed to achieving a great outcome for Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region generally by providing a hotel that focuses on high-quality design with facilities targeted to visitors’ needs,” Mr Sherlock said.
The Holiday Inn Express brand is operated by InterContinental Hotels Group, which also manages Queenstown’s Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels.
Pro-invest will own and operate the Queenstown hotel which will be one of eight. Six are in varying stages of construction in Australia and one other hotel is also planned for Auckland.