THE Invercargill Licensing Trust’s new multimillion-dollar hotel is another inner city development advancing in Invercargill.

The Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) lodged a resource consent application for its new hotel development with the Invercargill City Council (ICC) last week.

“It was a relief to get to this stage,” ILT president Alan Dennis said.

The 632-page application was extensive, thorough and professional, he said.

“We have taken extra pains to do it properly… and we are hoping it can get expedited.

“Hopefully there will be no obstacles in our way and we are hoping for a positive response from the public.”

Boylan said the ILT requested the application be publicly notified, and council staff were now reviewing the application to ensure no further information was required before it was.

It was expected the application would be publicly notified by the end of this week, Mr Boylan said.

The 80-room, seven-storey hotel complex would span 3000sqm from its car park on 11 Don St, the site of the former Invercargill Public Library, to Barluca on Dee St.

The board had approved a budget of about $40 million for stage one of the build, which included 80 guest rooms, function facilities, restaurant, bar, cafe and car parking.

Stage two would include an additional 40 rooms when demand warranted it.

Once consents had been granted, construction was expected to take about 18 to 24 months to complete.

The ILT team will be hosting pop-up information sessions at the Invercargill Public Art Gallery, 5 Don St, from Monday, August 20, to Thursday, August 30, on weekdays from noon to 1.30pm to answer questions.

ILT marketing and sales manager Angee Shand said the plans would be on display for the public to view and staff would be present to discuss the development.

“This is a really exciting time and we want to get out and talk to the community.

“[The development] is about more than having a beautiful build for visitors. It is about creating extraordinary spaces for locals.”