Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Rototuna site earmarked for housing

Hamilton City Councillors have agreed by majority to investigate the sale of a Council-owned block of land in the new Rototuna North neighbourhood for future housing.

The 8470m2 undeveloped site (pictured) on Korikori Green, is across from Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library and playing fields in the north-west, and Hamilton Christian School to the south-east. 

The section is part of a much larger block of land Council purchased in 2008 to develop community facilities in Rototuna. If a buyer is found, sale proceeds will be used to pay off debt as per Council’s current policy, said Councillor Ewan Wilson, who chairs the Economic Development Committee.

Cr Wilson said the rectangular block next to Rototuna Village was “a special site at the centre of a vibrant community”.

“Our intention from the beginning was for this particular site to be used for medium to high density housing and we’re now in a position to go out to the market and call for expressions of interest,” Cr Wilson said. 

He said market feedback suggested that between 70 – 100 homes could be built across the site.

“This is a great example of local government done well. We bought land in Rototuna at the right time, used a portion of the land for critical community infrastructure – such as the library – and supplied the land with services that were needed to achieve its full development potential. Now we can sell the balance of the land.”

“That’s an excellent result for our community.”  

The site is located close to Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library, village shops, Rototuna High Schools and Korikori Park. 

Council committed funds for the Rototuna Village in its 2018-28 Long-Term Plan with the aim of creating a vibrant heart for the city’s north-east residents. Construction of the village began in early-2022 and the library and skate spaces opened in July 2023.

Te Kete Aronui, the flagship building in Rototuna Village, attracted more than 150,000 visitors in its first six months. 

“Through our investment in Rototuna, we’ve helped create a thriving community,” Cr Wilson said. 

“Now we’re fulfilling our vision of having more housing in the area, some of which will be affordable housing, and at the same time capture the value uplift in the land.” 

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