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Affordable homes for Mt Albert development

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The Government has signed an agreement with Marutūāhu Rōpū and Ockham Residential Limited for a 100-home development in New North Road, Mt Albert, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“This development, with an average house price of $573,000 and only 8km from Auckland’s city centre, is a welcome addition to the Government’s Crown Land Housing Programme.

This project is led by the Marutūāhu Iwi and is significant as the first development under the Housing Protocol between the Crown and Tāmaki Collective. Dr Smith and joint venture partners Marutūāhu and Ockham Residential today signed the heads of agreement on the project.

“This site was originally owned by the New Zealand Transport Agency as part of the Waterview roading development and was identified last year as a candidate for the Crown Land Housing Programme. The development opportunity was optimised by purchasing earlier this year an adjacent section which was privately owned.

“The key to more affordable housing close to Auckland city is greater density and smart design. The Special Housing Area status granted earlier this year enables 100 homes on the site, rather than 24 under the old planning rules. Ockham has proven experience in developing innovative, high-quality and affordable housing with a focus on three and four level character apartments. Marutūāhu Rōpū is an important partner and through the Tāmaki Collective helped achieve the successful housing development at Waimahia at Weymouth.

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1,200 home development for South Auckland

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Work is expected to get underway soon on the first stage of a significant new residential neighbourhood of over 1,200 homes on the edge of the Manukau Harbour.

The 14-hectare master-planned development in Favona and next to Mangere Bridge, will ultimately become home to approximately 4,000 people.

Consisting of a combination of architecturally designed terraced houses as well as apartments, the first stage will focus on the building of 38 two storey terrace homes and an apartment complex that will consist of 196 apartments within 2 six storey buildings and 1 four storey building.

Large common areas are set to be a key feature of the development. A central park of approximately 5,000m2 is proposed to be used for sports and leisure adjacent to the community centre that will be available for public use and to host events. A small retail precinct with cafés and convenience services near to the central park will also support a weekend market space, and is expected to create a vibrant centre for the community to enjoy.

Although pricing for homes is yet to be set, early indications are that 20% of homes will be under $600,000 with 70% under $750,000.

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