New de­vel­op­ment caus­ing a stir

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Ac­tiv­ity on the cor­ner of High Street Waipawa and Ab­bots­ford Road has caused cu­rios­ity in lo­cals and passers-by, as ponies and graz­ing live­stock have re­cently given way to a large sign and the be­gin­nings of build­ing ac­tiv­ity.

The ac­tiv­ity is the start of a new de­vel­op­ment by Fresh on Mains — a com­bi­na­tion of res­i­den­tial and bou­tique re­tail prop­er­ties, with park­ing and out­door seat­ing ar­eas to en­cour­age peo­ple to stop and browse.

The de­vel­op­ment com­prises eight multi-level homes with the op­por­tu­nity for home-based busi­nesses on the down­stairs level.

It’s a con­cept that has worked well over­seas and while it seems novel, it’s ac­tu­ally an old con­cept made fresh and mod­ern, says Kaye Har­ri­son of Ray White Hast­ings and CHB, who is mar­ket­ing the new de­vel­op­ment.

“Shops tra­di­tion­ally used to have ac­com­mo­da­tion up­stairs and it’s still ob­vi­ous in some of our older build­ings. This is aimed at bou­tique, home-based busi­nesses — peo­ple who don’t want a large re­tail space.

“There has al­ready been in­ter­est and there are some ex­cit­ing new busi­nesses on their way to CHB as a re­sult.”

The build­ing plat­form has been kept to the flat por­tion of the prop­erty, with the build back from the road to al­low park­ing and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and the rear sloped area to be kept as a mini­for­est and open spa­ces for the en­joy­ment of the prop­erty own­ers.

The ac­tual dwellings and re­tail lots are com­pact and de­signed to be low main­te­nance — peo­ple won’t need to spend time on gar­den­ing.

Kaye says the main in­ter­est in the prop­er­ties is com­ing from out­side the lo­cal area.

“We have a huge num­ber of new­com­ers to CHB and they need more homes and want to start busi­nesses. In the last two years I have sold only one home to a lo­cal buyer. CHB has been a well-kept se­cret but now the se­cret is out and prop­er­ties in Otane ¯ and Waipawa are in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar.”

While the ther­mal con­crete con­struc­tion for Fresh on Main is be­ing done by a spe­cial­ist Welling­ton firm, the rest of the project will be car­ried out by lo­cal con­trac­tors, Kaye says.

“The de­vel­op­ment will look at­trac­tive — walk­ways, es­tab­lished trees, out­door seat­ing and a re­laxed shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. Peo­ple will want to stop — that’s the in­ten­tion. It will sup­port the com­mu­nity as it grows and build on its char­ac­ter.”

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