9 May 2024

Social housing opens in Dunedin heritage building

From Nights, 10:30 pm on 9 May 2024

A unique social housing project is set to open in Dunedin next month.

The Loan and Mercantile building on the city's waterfront will have 30 apartments for low income tenants from the government's Housing Register.

The developer, businessman Russell Lund, says it'll likely be the first social housing project in the country inside a heritage-listed building.

He joins Emile Donovan.

The street view of a heritage building, made of colourful cobblestones, arranged around arched windows, with a flat top storey.

The Loan and Mercantile building on Dunedin's waterfront was first constructed in 1873. Photo: Graham Warman