Stage 2 is now underway and will continue renewing the Housing New Zealand homes in the area and the first market houses. More new homes will be built in Tonar Street, Fraser Avenue and Richardson Place to replace the original properties with warm, dry, modern homes. House construction has begun on some smaller sites in Greenslade Crescent and Potter Avenue to make way for new Housing New Zealand homes. Further house removals will begin in Fraser Avenue, Richardson Place and Tonar Street over the next few months.
The market homes will include homes priced below the Auckland median house price and sold on the open market, and more affordable KiwiBuild homes that have criteria applied by the government to limit who can buy one. These are aimed at people who are finding it hard to afford housing at market prices.
What we found in Stage 1 was that some of the materials we had hoped to recycle weren’t suitable for a range of reasons, including the presence of asbestos. We have, however, recycled as much of the original materials as we could.
Stage 2 has already seen some houses being relocated, and the balance of homes being stripped of useable items such as bath tubs, sinks and native timber flooring where possible. The current contractors are achieving a resource recovery rate of 84% through the chipping of timber for incineration by industry to offset the use of coal; crushing concrete to use as engineering fill; and the segregation of metals for recycling.
The civil works that now underway for Stage 2 will include the creation of a new street linking Fraser Avenue to Lake Road. The new yet to be named street will include a pocket park which can be reached from a number of streets including Richardson Place. The street is the first section of the Awataha Greenway to be built and will include a shared walk and cycle path, street furniture, play elements and wide berms for street trees.