Social housing rebuilds set for 2015

SHELLEY ROBINSON
Last updated 13:12 28/03/2014
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FOCUS ON REPAIRS: Housing committee chairman Glenn Livingstone said getting closed units open again is a priority.

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New social housing units in Mairehau and Waltham are a step closer after the Christchurch City Council said it will proceed to the tender stage.

Sixteen one and two-bedroom units are scheduled to be completed mid-2015 on land at two existing social housing sites at 407 Innes Rd and 59 Osborne St.

Eight new one-bedroom units at Innes Rd and eight one and two-bedroom units at Osborne St will require earthquake-damaged houses currently on the land to be demolished.  

The project is part of a strategy by the council to replace its earthquake-damaged and red-zoned social housing. 

Housing committee chairman Glenn Livingstone said getting closed units open again for the community is a priority. 

"The focus is on repairing closed units and returning the council's social housing to pre-earthquake levels as soon as practicable," he said.

"The new developments at Innes Rd and Osborne St will allow the council to make better use of the existing sites, while offsetting some of its 113 social housing units red-zoned since the earthquakes."
 
The new units will be classified as "A Grade" housing and have a 90-year lifespan. They will also meet design, innovation, accessibility and sustainability criteria.

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