September, 2021Thirteen families will move into new homes with dress circle views in
Queenstowns Lake Hayes Estate early next year.
Constructions underway on the homes in the Queenstown Lakes
Community Housing Trusts latest assisted home ownership project, Alps
Its an apt name for a development which sits in an elevated cul-de-sac
with sweeping views of the Kawarau River and mountains.
Civil works on the greenfields site began in July, while building work
started last month, trust chief executive Julie Scott says.
The homes are expected to be finished in January, and families will
move in the following month.
Nine of them will be added to the trusts Secure Home programme, in
which eligible households buy the homes using their own mortgages and
deposits, but pay a ground rent for the land, which stays in trust
The remaining four will be tenanted under the trusts rental
Scott says its had huge demand for the properties from its waiting
list of households, which has grown 25% in the past 18 months, to more
Pre-Covid it was at 600, and we thought it may fall back.
We anticipated less demand for our services, but the opposites
She puts that down to the continuing rise in property prices, and many
households being on reduced incomes because of Covid.
The 13 properties are a mix of three- and two-bed homes, with floor
areas ranging from 75 square metres to 122sqm.
Alps View is the trusts fourth development under its Secure Home
The first was a six-home development in neighbouring Shotover Country,
completed in 2019.
It has another 25 units in Franktons Toru Apartments, while three more
have been completed in its Hikuwai project in Wnaka in the past few
Meanwhile, the trusts received 11 responses to its request for proposals
for a sustainability review of its masterplan for a 68-lot affordable
housing subdivision in Arrowtown, Tewa Banks.
It called for proposals last month from urban design, architectural and
sustainability firms to review the masterplan, with a goal of making the
homes more energy-efficient.
A lot of people have asked why were doing this when we have a
masterplan and have
lodged a resource consent application, Scott says.
But a lots changed in the past two years, particularly around climate
change and sustainability, so we want to ensure that what we designed
two years ago is still fit for purpose in tomorrows world.
The trusts using Tewa Banks as a pilot for the new approach, and will
apply what it learns to future projects, she says.
Source: Mountain Scene
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