Developer hits pin on green
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.’’