Very encouraging signs from the developer.
Green Island resident Graham Roper said it was “really positive” community concerns appeared to have been listened to, and he looked forward to “working with them on a project that will enhance the community”.
### ODT Online Fri, 29 Apr 2011
Green Island retail plans win support
By Chris Morris
Plans for a Green Island retail development which could transform one of Dunedin’s industrial heritage sites have won initial support from a critic and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Irmo Properties Ltd has applied for resource consent to refurbish the run-down Iron Roller Mills Building on Irmo St, in Green Island, turning it into a new 4900sq m retail complex with 187 car parks. If approved by the Dunedin City Council, the up-to-$2 million development would see the main industrial building on the site – believed to date from between 1910 and the late 1920s – refurbished. The developers and supporters hope many of its fittings can be retained.
It was one of many industrial heritage sites around Dunedin, iron rolling having played a “pretty important” part in the city’s history. “We’re hopeful it will reflect its previous use in whatever they develop for the interior.” The site’s main building was not registered or protected, but the developers had received professional advice and had been granted an NZHPT archaeological authority.
–Owen Graham, NZHPT Otago Southland area manager
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