800 houses for Porirua City

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Up to 800 houses are poised to be built in a ma­jor new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment around Porirua’s old hos­pi­tal.

Early con­sents will soon be lodged for Kenepuru Land­ing, a joint project be­tween de­vel­oper Car­rus Cor­po­ra­tion and lo­cal iwi Ngati Toa.

A mix of medium-den­sity and stand­alone homes, the 50 hectare de­vel­op­ment will be built on land Ngati Toa re­ceived as part of a Crown Treaty set­tle­ment.

Car­rus is be­hind an­other ma­jor Porirua sub­di­vi­sion, Aotea, which is aimed at the more ex­pen­sive end of the mar­ket.

Kenepuru Land­ing would be more af­ford­able, the gen­eral man­ager of Car­rus’ prop­erty di­vi­sion, Scott Adams said.

The first stage is ex­pected to con­tain about 150 dwellings, the ma­jor­ity of which would be priced in the mid-$500,000 range.

Adams said pric­ing had been done with Ki­wisaver Homes­tart grants in mind.

‘‘One of the re­quire­ments is that the house has to be $550,000 or less, and there’s nowhere really in the Welling­ton re­gion that you can really find that sort of price now’’.

The project was also hop­ing to at­tract empty nesters want­ing to live close to pub­lic trans­port.

Earth­works are set to be­gin in March and civil works in the sec­ond half of the year, while re­source con­sent is sought for the de­signs.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin next Fe­bru­ary.

Adams de­clined to put a fig­ure on how much the project would cost as the costs were of­ten chang­ing.

An­other po­ten­tial hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on Plim­mer­ton Farm north of Porirua has been un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion for some years.

The fu­ture own­er­ship struc­ture of North City is also in flux, which might ul­ti­mately re­fresh the slightly dated mall.

Ngati Toa’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Matiu Rei said sev­eral old Porirua hos­pi­tal build­ings would be de­mol­ished to make way for the de­vel­op­ment. The cur­rent Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal was out­side it.

He said the iwi was pleased to be in­volved.

‘‘Af­ford­able hous­ing is an is­sue ... and we’re very pleased to be part of a ven­ture which hope­fully will be of great as­sis­tance to younger families to get into their own prop­erty.’’

Some of the land was zoned in­dus­trial and would be set aside for limited light com­mer­cial use, largely along Kenepuru Drive.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of Ian Cas­sels’ apart­ment vi­sion for coun­cil land near Porirua sta­tion.

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