Development progress on the Coast

Thirty-four homes are planned for the former bus depot at 188 Centreway Road, Ōrewa. Project manager Nigel Williams says that the concept for the 0.5ha site involves a combination of apartments, shops and villas. He says resource consent has been granted and around 85 percent have been sold off the plans. Work is expected to begin soon, subject to final Auckland Council signoffs, Mr Williams says.

The 84.5ha Ara Hills development on the western side of the Grand Drive motorway exit in northern Ōrewa, is making progress. There are six stages to this development, with a total of 575 homes consented to be built. Construction is underway for Stage 1, 142 lots (pictured), and this stage is already 90 percent sold. Developer A V Jennings expects to release Stage 2, around 70 lots, mid-year.

No work yet on Ōrewa North village
So far nothing has happened on the ground regarding the 114-unit retirement village proposed for northern Ōrewa. Last year developer Brendan Coughlan of Coastal Properties obtained an amended resource consent that added five additional units. The 1.19ha site extends over 25-35 Annalise Place and 488 and 496C Hibiscus Coast Highway. In 2019, the developer attempted to sell the site, but was unsuccessful. Mr Coughlan says he is currently waiting for Auckland Council to provide building consent. The land borders Nukumea Stream and Eaves Bush.

Next stage for East Coast Heights
Work is well underway on the 26ha development behind the Silverdale Park and Ride, known as East Coast Heights (2182 East Coast Road). The development will ultimately contain hundreds of homes. The Lots in Stage 1 were put on the market last October. Auckland Council advises that Stage 2 (95 dwellings) has now been approved. Council has also recently received an application for Stage 5, a commercial development at 2 Goldwater Drive. The commercial development (north of stage 2) proposes retail, a gym, office space, food and beverage, and a supermarket. This application is currently on hold awaiting a request for further information. Applications for stage 3 and 4 have not yet been received. The developer is Build Rich, which has three directors – two based in Hong Kong and one from Taupaki.

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