Pa­paioea Place flats crum­ble at last

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JA­NINE RANKIN

The first two blocks of age­ing coun­cil flats in Palmer­ston North’s Pa­paioea Place are be­ing de­mol­ished to make way for re­build­ing on the site.

They will be re­placed with 12 new units de­signed to catch the sun, stay warm, and pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties that will en­able ten­ants to re­main there as they grow older.

City coun­cil prop­erty man­ager John Brenk­ley said the first stage of the work in­volved de­mol­ish­ing eight flats.

Once re­source and build­ing con­sents were in place, build­ing of 12 re­place­ment units would be­gin, prob­a­bly in June.

The $6.5 mil­lion first stage of a makeover of the com­plex would in­volve a to­tal of 48 new units re­plac­ing 32 old ones on the Pa­paioea Park side of the site, with 16 old ones re­tained un­til the next phase for up to 30 new units and a pos­si­ble com­mu­nity cen­tre was ap­proved.

Coun­cil hous­ing port­fo­lio holder Su­san Baty said she was de­lighted to see the Pa­paioea project fi­nally get un­der way.

It had been on the coun­cil’s work­list for about a decade, but she had op­posed ear­lier plans to re­place the flats with like for like.

The cur­rent plan en­abled more, ecofriendly units to be pro­vided, while free­ing up valu­able land for fur­ther devel­op­ment in a de­sir­able lo­ca­tion close to the hos­pi­tal.

‘‘It’s re­ally great value for ratepay­ers and ten­ants.’’

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

De­mo­li­tion is un­der way at the Pa­paioea Place flats in Palmer­ston North in prepa­ra­tion for re­build­ing.

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