Auckland, July 10, 2018
A new public housing development in Central Auckland will be able to accommodate more than three times as many households as the 60-year-old high rise it will replace.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford confirmed the plans for the new development this morning, describing it as state of the art.
The current state housing high-rise that sits at 139 Greys Avenue will soon be demolished to make way for 280 new units.
Built in 1957, Housing New Zealand said the high-rise was nearing the end of its life and was no longer fit for purpose.
The new development, estimated to cost Housing New Zealand a little over $200 million, will be built with the concept of pastoral care in mind.
Mr Twyford said that the rental units would be made available for those with higher and lower incomes.
Eighty apartments will be rented out on the open market and the other 200 will become Housing New Zealand homes.
“The whole idea here is that you have a mix of different people living in this complex, people with what you would describe as high needs, others with not so high needs and then you’re going to have, really what’s likely, is some key worker housing in the same complex.”
The Winning Recipe
Having a mix of people with different needs, combined with good design and easy access is the winning recipe, he said.
“There will be a bunch of services on site, there will be recreational and communal services as well. Big emphasis on good design and having services on site to help people.”
He said that in the centre of Auckland, there are current an estimated 500 people who are rough sleeping or homeless.
“This development, along with the Auckland City Mission’s big development project that they’ve got underway, that’s going to make a serious dent in the homelessness problem.”
The development is one of two Housing New Zealand sites on Greys Avenue.
Construction is expected to start next year, with a move in date expected to be 2021.
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139 Greys Avenue in Central Auckland.
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