De­vel­oper hits pin on green

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The con­tentious Rawhiti Bowl­ing Club site in Remuera has sold to re­tire­ment vil­lage de­vel­op­ers for $8.1 mil­lion.

The 6000sqm site was bought by New Zealand start-up com­pany Be Group Ltd.

Direc­tor Guy Eady says the plan­ning phase for the vil­lage is just kick­ing off and neigh­bours have noth­ing to fear.

Eady grew up just a street away from the club and says he un­der­stands the im­por­tance of char­ac­ter hous­ing in the area.

The com­pany will work with the coun­cil and res­i­dents about the den­sity and scale of the plans, he says.

‘‘I would def­i­nitely want it to be some­thing that works with the ex­ist­ing am­bi­ence of the area. That’s go­ing to add value for us and for ev­ery­body else.

‘‘What is very hard in older ar­eas like Remuera is to find the land to get the scale to de­liver the ameni­ties and care ef­fec­tively. Op­por­tu­ni­ties like this are few and far be­tween.’’

No­ti­fied con­sent plans are ex­pected by late 2014 or early 2015, Eady says.

‘‘You’ve got sig­nif­i­cant growth in the elderly over the next 20 years, ba­si­cally. There’s no more sites of land sud­denly pop­ping up in the mid­dle of the cen­tral sub­urbs.’’

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