Enderley and gift is solution for all
The Hamilton City Council has found a use for two parcels of Enderley land "of no value to council" - giving it to a social housing project.
The 869-square metres of land on Shakespeare Avenue will now be part of Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa trust's 62-unit affordable housing complex.
The council advertised the two parcels of land to the commercial market about five years ago and received no offers, deputy mayor Gordon Chesterman said.
It also offered it to Habitat for Humanity at no charge, but it was turned down.
"They didn't feel that at that time they wanted to proceed in that particular area."
So on Thursday, Hamilton City Council's finance committee agreed to give the surplus land - with an estimated value of $107,000 - to Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa trust.
The trust must pick up the costs associated with the transfer of ownership.
The land was of no value to the council and the housing project could be "trail-blazing in New Zealand", Chesterman said.
"I think it's just the start of a major renewal of an area that's been largely neglected over many years," he said.
Late last month, a sod turning for Te Kohao Health's early childhood centre was another sign of development in the area.
The finance committee decision was a "great outcome", Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa acting chief executive Glen Tupuhi said.
It allowed more freedom for the housing development because it wouldn't have to fit around the two parcels of land.
The proposed social housing development will be made up of 62 houses, with a mix of two-bedroom and four- to five-bedroom dwellings.
The aim is to provide a mix of affordable housing options - buying, renting, or rent-to-buy - which will suit families, kaumatua and single parents.
Sustainability was also a focus.
"We're building very much in mind with how the rest of the Enderley renewal process will roll out across that suburb in the years to come."
A "very positive relationship" with Hamilton City Council meant resource consent was progressing well, Tupuhi said, and Habitat for Humanity had been a huge supporter of the project.
It is hoped the build can start by November.