DUNEDIN HOTEL BID HEATING UP

A bid to find a developer to build a new Dunedin luxury hotel has received early signs of interest, according to the Dunedin City Council.

Last month the council put out the call to developers interested in building a ‘high-quality hotel complex’ on the site of the Filleul Street car park, opposite Dunedin Town Hall.

Developers have until December 6 to put forward proposals, to be considered early next year by the council. In the past, Tekapo businessman Anthony Tosswill has submitted a bid on the land, unveiling plans for a 17-storey hotel, apartment, and retail complex in 2016.

Consent was rejected in 2017, and Tosswill withdrew an Environment Court appeal after a series of design changes failed to win him the bid.

Announcing its call for proposals last month, the council said it envisaged a hotel incorporating street-level retail, public car parking, and facilities associated with a five-star hotel.