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    'Shoebox' flats plan for capital
    The Dominion Post | Friday, 2 November 2007

    A developer who specialises in "corporate crash pads" - some smaller than a prison cell - is planning a 22-storey apartment building in central Wellington.

    Peter Chevin's company, Stonne Trust, has applied for resource consent to build Columbard Wellington, with 290 short-stay apartments, at 101 Victoria St. The site is now occupied by a row of shops between Lombard St and Manners Mall, behind the Manners St Post Shop.

    According to the consent application, the building will have shops on the ground floor and flats above. The size of the flats is not stated.

    Council urban development director Ernst Zollner said it appeared to comply with the district plan. At 75 metres tall, it was just within the area's height limit. The application was still being processed.

    Mr Chevin developed the Columbard in Wyndham St, Auckland, a thin 18-storey building with 144 flats. Some are just 16 square metres - smaller than a prison cell and half the size of an average hotel room. Each has a double bed, kitchenette, bathroom, laundry and balcony. They are designed for short-stay visitors.

    The building got resource consent before Auckland City Council changed its planning rules in response to concerns about "shoebox" apartments. Wellington City Council has rejected similar rules setting minimum apartment sizes.

    The proposed Victoria St building is one of several high-rises planned for central Wellington, all focusing on short-stay accommodation.

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