Houses on track for race­course

Central Leader - - NEWS - By CIARA PRATT

Brand new, af­ford­able hous­ing could be com­ing to Avon­dale as soon as 2017 – and de­vel­op­ers are wanted to make it hap­pen.

Auck­land Coun­cil-owned land over­look­ing Avon­dale Race­course has been freed up for a new hous­ing devel­op­ment.

Coun­cil ar­chi­tects have drawn up plans, fea­tur­ing 25 two and three bed­room ter­raced houses, show­ing what the devel­op­ment could like.

The 3498 square me­tre site lo­cated on Race­course Pa­rade, pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by the Sub­urbs Rugby Club, was in­cluded in the fourth batch of Spe­cial Hous­ing Ar­eas an­nounced by coun­cil last year.

It is part of the Race­course Pa­rade mas­ter­plan with a vi­sion to cre­ate ter­raced and apart­ment dwellings that will sup­port the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Avon­dale Town Cen­tre.

Auck­land Coun­cil Prop­erty Ltd chief ex­ec­u­tive David Rankin says there will be a re­quire­ment that a por­tion of the homes will need to be af­ford­able, cost­ing within 75 per cent of me­dian prop­erty val­ues for the sur­round­ing area.

Lat­est Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of New Zealand sales data shows the me­dian sale price for houses in the for­mer Auck­land City catch­ment area was $850,000.

‘‘We hope the devel­op­ment will help give other land own­ers in and around the town cen­tre the con­fi­dence to de­velop their own land and con­tinue the re­gen­er­a­tion process for the ben­e­fit of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

Whau Lo­cal Board coun­cil­lor Ross Clow says the devel­op­ment is just what Avon­dale needs.

‘‘Avon­dale is very tired and to­tally needs a re­vamp and a re­vival. I def­i­nitely be­lieve de­vel­op­ments like this are cru­cial for Avon­dale.

‘‘We’re try­ing to lift the stan­dard there and it is pleas­ing to have an af­ford­able hous­ing el­e­ment to it,’’ Clow says.

A ten­der process for the land closes on July 16 and Bay­leys Re­alty Group se­nior sales­man Dave Stan­ley ex­pects the new owner will be able to lodge plan­ning con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions by the end of this year, en­abling build­ing to begin and be com­pleted in 2016 and 2017.

Un­til the ten­der process is com­pleted it will be dif­fi­cult to put a value on the land.

‘‘Avon­dale, with its prox­im­ity to the rail cor­ri­dor and ac­cess to the Water­view mo­tor­way link un­der con­struc­tion, is well po­si­tioned to ben­e­fit from ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments while also re­main­ing con­ve­niently lo­cated near the city,’’ Stan­ley says.

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