Hutt City Council granted resource consent on the 17th April for the upgrade and this has triggered an immediate start to the project.
The upgrade includes:
- 3 storey parking building off High Street
- a new emergency department (ED) double the size of the present one.
- doubling the number of operating theatres from 4 to 8.
Part of the consent is to address the 8 resident concerns of Pilmur Street who objected to the plan. Their concerns are addressed via a raft of conditions, including that an acoustic fence/wall at least 1.8m high be built on the street boundary and a noise management plan setting out measures to control vehicle and “antisocial noise at critical times” be worked out.
Carparking can be expected to start as early as next week, with action on the Pilmur Street parking first. The hospital has currently 942 employees so the issue around parking is paramount.
From Hospital back to 33 Pilmur Street
33 Pilmuir Street most affected by Hospital Development
Entrance to Hutt Hospital from Pilmur Street
Objectors appear to have won concessions on their worst concerns but Valerie Bredican at 33 Pilmur Street is
resigned to the fact that there is little she can do. The property is estimated to be devalued by $100,000 due to the development.
Valerie is resigned to the fact that the project is vital to the city. She was offered higher fences but acknowledged that
any higher her house would be like a prison. I wonder why the Hospital has not offered to purchase her house, given
the advantage this property might have to the development. Perhaps she refused.
No doubt given the current economy that this project will give the city a major boost in construction and suppliers to this project.
Lets hope the project has minimal impact on the environs as we watch the project develop.
Council owned company Urban Plus last week recommended that the council not proceed to lend $1.7 million to a developer as the risk was too great.
No doubt the council acted properly by insisting that Urban Plus complete due diligence, the question lies as to whether it is the councils role to fund a developer at all?
Public opinion would suggest that a greater level of transperancy is required by the council in any dealings involving funding especially all projects that involve private investment, or a project deemed to benefit a private investor.
So what of the Daly Apartment development now?
Is the project going to proceed? Was the councils money a necessary deal maker to complete the project?
No doubt time will tell if any work will commence on this empty site in Daly Street.
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