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DScene – Geoff Thomson buys back former CPO

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Four star future (page 1)
The former central post office is set to become a luxury hotel, scuppering a proposal to redevelop the historic landmark as a central library. See page 3. #bookmark

Former PO to become hotel (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin’s former Chief Post Office building will not become the city’s new library, and will instead be developed by Invercargill businessman Geoffrey Thomson into a luxury hotel. It is the second time Thomson, owner of the Distinction Hotel chain – with hotels in Te Anau, Queenstown and Rotorua – has owned the Dunedin building. In 2003 Thomson announced he had bought the property and had a $230 million revamp of it in mind.
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Quinn to visit Hillside Workshops (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn steps into the lion’s den today, visiting workers at its Hillside [Workshops] to explain the company’s position on tendering for the building of carriages and engines for Auckland’s rail system. […] “We believe there are good opportunities for any of the tenderers to be looking at Hillside and all the other suppliers to see if there is an opportunity to align themselves with New Zealand companies in order to fulfil the tender requirements.” –John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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Youth Zone: Final days to have your say (page 6)
The Dunedin City Council has had a huge response from young people to the Youth Zone(s) consultation, which has been underway for two months. The aim is to identify what the city currently offers young people for recreation and leisure, and what the gaps may be.
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Plan open to public now (page 7)
The public gets to see the Dunedin City Council’s plans for South Dunedin today. People like DCC principal urban designer Steve Miles and South Dunedin Business Association president Jane Orbell are presenting a public display and information day as part of consultation on the new South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy document. Consultation ends May 28.
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Party scene with Pete Hodgson (page 8)
NZ transport is off the rails
Transport Minister Steven Joyce made a public pronouncement recently that New Zealand does not have the capacity to build Auckland’s new electric trains. He is wrong.
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Biz: Crunching the numbers (pages 14-15)
Robot love: Robotic applications key
Two nondescript sheds off Portsmouth Drive are home to a world-leading engineering firm. Mike Houlahan profiles Realcold. Very few firms worldwide have the capacity to build and install a state-of-the-art meat and food chain from scratch. In fact, long-established Dunedin firm Realcold Milmech think they may be the only ones.
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DCC Media Release – Chief Post Office

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Chief Post Office’s Future Sorted

Last reviewed: 11 May 2010 9:10am

The former Chief Post Office building in Princes Street will be given a new lease on life – but not as a new site for the city’s central library.

The DCC has been conducting a feasibility analysis on the building’s suitability for adaptation to a library/office accommodation complex under an option from the building’s current owner South Canterbury Finance.

That option recently expired before the DCC analysis was completed and the Council has been unable to negotiate an extension after a firm offer to develop the building as a hotel was received by its owners.

The CPO building will now be developed as a 4 star hotel by Distinction Hotels whose owner, Mr Geoffrey Thomson, already owns hotels in Queenstown, Te Anau and Rotorua.

Mr Thomson, who hopes to have the Dunedin hotel open in time to meet demand for the Rugby World Cup, is excited by the opportunity to add to the city’s accommodation capacity.

“I think this is the most appropriate use of the building. Not only will it bring new construction jobs during the conversion to a hotel and then deliver dozens of permanent new jobs when complete, it will also grow the tourism market in Dunedin, Otago and Southland” said Mr Thomson.

Meanwhile, Mayor, Peter Chin, says the news is bittersweet. “We’re disappointed our plans for the Library have come to nothing. But the city will benefit from the development of a new hotel, which, like our Library plans, will revitalise an iconic heritage inner-city precinct.”

The Council had made no financial commitment to the development of the CPO. The costs of the analysis have been absorbed by the generosity of the consultants wishing to see the city landmark building put to good use.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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