July 11, 2017
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Ohu Development is working with the Lyttelton community to create a building on the Collett's Corner site that will be collectively owned by the community it supports.  

We have listened to the community's ideas for the project, and we would like to thank you those of you who took the time and gave thought to what we could create on this site.  From the many ideas we received, we have identified the following uses to study further:

  • Retiree housing
  • Boutique cinema
  • Roman baths
  • Business/Community hub for co-working
  • Car park with a fleet of shared electric cars
  • Hybrid apathotel/backpacker for short to long term stay

The uses were chosen based on their potential to generate environmental, social and financial returns. Our next step is to develop feasibility studies with the aim to design a building that we as a community can invest in collectively. The building will be one or a combination of the above uses. 

Mixed use development at 3-11 London St, co-created and co-owned by a community of investors.  

Social Purpose
We are interested in developing a building that serves a community. As we study the various options , we will be taking into consideration how the potential project can serve to strengthen a community in some way. The preferred option will be one that offers a financial return as well as serves a strong social purpose. We will share the options studies as we develop them.

Stages of Development

  • Listening Phase: Jul - Aug 2017 
    Ask the community to share their ideas for the site
  • Ideation Phase: Sep - Nov 2017
    Develop the project's purpose and social impact
    Assess potential options for the project through feasibility studies
    Share outcomes and seek input to choose the preferred option
  • Scoping Phase: Jan - Mar 2018
    Build the project team
    Create financial and legal structures aligned to the project's purpose
    Seek the first round of funding from initial investors
  • Plan & Design Phase: Apr 2018 - Feb 2019
    Develop a business plan aligned to the project's purpose
    Develop the design and share it with the community for feedback
  • Construction Phase: Mar - Nov 2019
    Build community by building buildings including working bees to develop trade experience
  • Opening: Dec 2019
    Let's celebrate together!

Estimated Costs

  • Land $630,000
  • ~$4-5mil construction depending on what is built

Potential Financial Returns

  • Sale of property
  • Lease of units
  • Income from businesses

Stakeholders and team

  • Project lead -  Jules Lee 
  • Core project team - Supported by the Ohu Development Team
  • Lyttelton neighbourhoods
  • Investors
  • Future tenants
  • Community of interest

Jules Lee


Jules Lee

027 739 1832

Julie Lee (aka Jules) is our Community Weaver and Project Lead for Collett’s Corner. Jules resides in Lyttelton with her two teenage sons. Over the past 15 years Jules has been involved in several successful community projects in Lyttelton. Either having been the lead, or part of a team. These projects include the upgrade of the Lyttelton Playground, the Toy Library Upgrade & Renovations Project, the Lyttelton TimeBank, The Garage Sale, and Lyttelton Harbour Civil Defence. Jules is passionate about community and was awarded a Community Service award in 2012 for her dedication to the community of Lyttelton. It’s great to have her skills and passion on board in this role.


Ohu Development is working with the Lyttelton community to create a building on the Collett’s Corner site that will be collectively owned by the community it supports.