DScene alerts commercial building owners to responsibilities

### DScene 7-4-10

Fire drill(front page)
The Fire Service is putting a dampener on Dunedin developers converting old commercial buildings to accommodation, saying they need to pass muster before people can live in them. One inner city dwelling has already been shut down. See p3.

Fire service begins blitz (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
The New Zealand Fire Service is embarking on a blitz of Dunedin buildings, fearing hiking numbers of aging industrial and office blocks being illegally let as flats. The city’s deputy fire chief Trevor Tilyard said the fire service had already advised Dunedin City Council building control to shut down illegal flats in Skinners Building on the corner of Jetty and Crawford streets.
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New outlook (page 4)
Ravensbourne’s Harbour View Hotel has a new owner who is banking on the Forsyth Barr Stadium to give his investment a new lease of life. Publican Alastair McGaw who took possession in February has already given the pub, built around 1920, a new name, Stadium Lodge and Backpackers.
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Filming unit set to expand (page 5)
Dunedin based production house NHNZ has plans to expand its global presence and set up a production office in the Middle East. NHNZ already has offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Beijing and is increasingly active in Australia and South Africa.
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Resource consent given (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Heritage building owner Lawrie Forbes has achieved a resource consent under existing user rights for his urban renewal of the former Rogan McIndoe buildings.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 7)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Parking ticket debate by Kevin Thompson, Development Services Manager, Dunedin City Council

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

1 Comment

Filed under Architecture, Construction, Economics, Geography, Project management, Stadiums, Town planning, Urban design

One response to “DScene alerts commercial building owners to responsibilities

  1. I think they should also think about the fact that without those willing to go into blighted neighbourhoods and invest those buildings will continue to deteriorate. In addition there will always be those that will reside in them without owning or paying rent.

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