SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd withdrew its opposition to Dae Ju Housing Co Ltd’s 67-storey Elliott Tower on the long-vacant site beside the Rifleman Building on Albert St & Atrium on Elliott last week, allowing a consent order to be signed.
Dae Ju got consent for its 259-unit tower last October and has been wrangling with SkyCity over its appeal ever since.
The Auckland lawyer acting for Dae Ju, Marcus Beveridge, said on Friday the appeal hearing due to start in the Environment Court today, would not proceed. Although this was a bad time to consider selling inner-city apartments, he said the project had a 42-month timeframe and would be completed in a different economic climate.
“It means we can actually get on with the project – I’ve got interior designers up in Seoul with the Dae Ju chairman now. The negative side is, the development contributions have gone from $1 million to $10 million in the process, but that’s not finished yet.”
The project has a 7-year consent. “It’s time to take a breather, but no one can stop us now except ourselves & the market. The chairman is talking about going ahead anyway.”
The site was previously home to the Royal International Hotel, which faced Victoria St West. (The model by architects Moller & Moller, at right, shows the perspective from the Victoria-Albert St intersection).
SkyCity opposed the tower – or at least a tower to the full height proposed – on the grounds of:
the effect on the Sky Tower’s “iconic” status (one block away)blocking of telecommunications & broadcast signals from the transmission facilities in the upper parts of the Sky Tower, and the impact of radiofrequency emissions from those facilities on the apartments in the upper storeys of the Elliott Tower.
However, the commissioners who heard the Elliott Tower application specifically addressed SkyCity’s opposition. On radiofrequency emissions, SkyCity produced a copy of its own 1993 consent at the hearing, showing it was its responsibility “to ensure that radiofrequency emissions from the site do not cause interference to other services, equipment & facilities.”
The commissioners said: “Having had that condition drawn to their attention, the commissioners’ view is that SkyCity’s point is actually addressed by the requirements of its own consent and that any obligation in respect of interference to any equipment in the upper floors of the Elliott Tower belongs to it.”
30 October 2007: Dae Ju gets consent for its 259-unit Elliott Tower
28 September 2007: Elliott Tower decision reserved after spotlight turned on opponent’s faults28 September 2007: SkyCity offers corporate arrogance & lousy submissions in opposing Elliott Tower 25 September 2007: Dae Ju tower consent narrows to 2 issues
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Attribution: Beveridge phone interview, story written by Bob Dey for this website.