Kenepuru hous­ing plan

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A de­vel­oper plan­ning a $45 mil­lion hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Kenepuru was forced to liq­ui­date a sim­i­lar scheme in 1995, ow­ing $3m.

Phillip Mc­Neil un­veiled his ecofriendly, af­ford­able hous­ing scheme to Porirua City coun­cil­lors last Wed­nes­day.

Dubbed LivWork Play Vil­lage, it would cre­ate 159 homes on a for­mer wrecker’s yard at 54 Raiha St, op­po­site Hos­pi­tal Rd.

To make the houses af­ford­able, Mr Mc­Neil asked coun­cil­lors to waive an es­ti­mated $ 2m in re­source con­sent fees, and re­zone the land from in­dus­trial to res­i­den­tial.

In re­turn, the rates take from the site would in­crease from $27,000 to $300,000 a year, he said.

Coun­cil­lors are yet to de­bate the pro­posal. the city cen­tre that car use could be min­imised, he said.

Mr Mc­Neil has not yet bought the Raiha St block and is wait­ing on the coun­cil’s ap­proval to spend money on de­tailed de­sign work.

If he got the green light, work could be­gin in Jan­uary, he said.

At Wed­nes­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, Cr Litea Ah Hoi said the scheme sounded won­der­ful, but asked if it was a Ponzi scheme.

‘‘If it sounds too good to be true, why haven’t other peo­ple done it?’’ she said.

Mr Mc­Neil said no­body else had no­ticed the po­ten­tial of the site.

Deputy Mayor ’Ana Cof­fey said she wor­ried spec­u­la­tors would snatch the prop­er­ties be­fore first­time buy­ers had a chance.

Izzy Ford hoped peo­ple who took eq­uity with Mr Mc­Neil’s com­pany, Lim­it­less, would not be stung when try­ing to re­sell.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Pa­cific pride: The sun was out as hun­dreds marched to cel­e­brate Strong Pa­cific Fam­i­lies – Week of Ac­tion on Satur­day. The slow-mov­ing pro­ces­sion of seven floats made its way from Wai­tan­girua Mall to Te Rau­paraha Arena, with plenty of laugh­ter and singing along the way. Though there weren’t as many floats as there have been in pre­vi­ous years, or­gan­iser Fa’al­ogo Vai said the theme of the pa­rade re­mained the same. ‘‘We want to elim­i­nate vi­o­lence in our com­mu­nity. That’s the key,’’ he said. ‘‘The peo­ple in Porirua re­ally get be­hind this mes­sage.’’

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