New vision for an unused property
A vacant East Auckland site that was once home to a school ‘‘of last resort’’ could be transformed into a retirement village.
The seven-acre section at 25 Thurston Place was once Waimokoia Residential School. The school for troubled students was closed in 2010 following a long history of problems including sexual and psychological abuse in its ‘‘time-out’’ room.
Two years later, the local community vociferously opposed the Ministry of Education’s proposal to reinvent the site as a school for up to 100 children in Child, Youth and Family care.
That plan was axed and last year the Crown reportedly sold the Bucklands Beach property to an iwi for $12 million.
The BeGroup New Zealand Ltd chief property officer Brett Meyer says his company bought the property in May 2016.
The Auckland Council last week heard a resource consent application from Be Half Moon Bay Holdings Ltd to develop the site in two stages.
Stage one includes 69 retirement apartments and amenities such as a heated swimming pool, cafe area and a two-lane bowling green.
Meyer says for the past year the development company has been consulting with immediate neighbours, the board of Pigeon Mountain Primary School and the council.
The old Waimokoia Residential School site could become a retirement village if a propsal gets the green light.