An 80-year-old building in the heart of downtown Tauranga will be demolished to make way for a 42-apartment Quest hotel and retail complex.
The development will bring much-needed visitor accommodation to the at-capacity city centre of the region’s most populous town, according to Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless.
“This will give another opportunity for people to stay in the CBD,” he said.
A building consent for $5.7 million was issued for the development at 71 Devonport Rd according to Priority One, the Western Bay of Plenty region’s economic development organisation.
The three-storey project will include retail shops, ground-floor parking and two floors of short-term hotel units with a mix of studios, one bedroom and family apartments.
Priority One’s communications and projects manager, Annie Hill, said the new hotel would be a drawcard for people who wanted to base themselves in the CBD.
“Developments of this type will bring vibrancy to the city centre 24/7 and will support the city’s retail and hospitality offer,” she said.
Quest Apartments NZ chief executive Steve Mansfield told the Bay of Plenty Times it had taken “longer than expected” to gain funding for the project, which was now in the demolition phase.
He said the Tauranga project was part of a nationwide roll out of Quest hotels and he expected the development to be open in the middle of next year.
The original development, built in 1934, was most recently occupied by a homewares store and Italian restaurant.