280-apartment social housing complex for central Auckland, 80 units to go on open market

Hundreds of social housing units will go up in a new apartment development in Auckland, with 80 of those to be rented on the open market.

Minister of Housing and Urban development Phil Twyford announced on Tuesday that an 87-unit social housing block on Greys Avenue in the central city, dating back to the 1950s, will be replaced with three buildings containing a total of 280 units, with 1000 sq m of social services onsite and 2000 sq m of communal space.

Eighty units in the new complex would be rented on the open market, Twyford said.

Residents of 139 Greys Avenue, the existing building which has housed low-income Aucklanders since 1957, were told on Monday that a decision had been made to demolish their apartment block and replace it with a new complex, Scott Foley of the Greys Ave project team, said.

The building would be demolished next year and the first new tenants would arrive in 2021.

Security would be a a top priority at the new facility, Foley said.

Residents at the new complex would be greeted by a concierge as they entered the building, partially to prevent unwanted “tailgating” of residents, Foley said.

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Source: Stuff NZ