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State housing revamp unveiled

First pictures of the new housing development replacing Glen Innes state houses. Photo / Supplied
First pictures of the new housing development replacing Glen Innes state houses. Photo / Supplied

Two-storey townhouses and stand-alone houses expected to sell from $400,000 to $700,000 have been unveiled in the first stage of redeveloping 156 Housing NZ sites in Glen Innes.

Tenants were briefed yesterday on the plans to build 23 terraced homes and 26 stand-alone houses to replace 18 state houses in Eastview Rd, Apirana Ave and Castledine Cres.

Families still living in nine of the homes will have to leave before July 1 and will be offered other state houses. The other nine houses have already been removed or are empty.

Murdoch Dryden of Creating Communities, Housing NZ's development partner, said most of the terraced homes would be priced between $400,000 and $500,000, although some three-bedroom units "might stick their heads above $500,000". Housing NZ will keep 10 of the 23 terrace homes.

Housing NZ will also take 14 of the 26 stand-alone houses, including seven large four- and five-bedroom houses. The other 12 houses will be sold to private buyers for up to $700,000 each.

Mr Dryden said the share of state houses in the first stage was higher than in the total redevelopment, which will include 78 state units and about 200 homes for private sale in a 13ha area that has had 156 state houses.

Eastview Rd tenant Cameron Kanuta, 23, said his mother had lived in their state house for 48 years and the whole family felt sad to be leaving.

- NZ Herald

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