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A 3,200sqm section of the seafront at Lyall Bay is just one of the options on the table for developers in Wellington, with hopes of increased density and more homes in mind for the area . (File photo)
With 103,784 sq ft on offer, the Tawa property costs $52.99 a square – “cheaper than carpet,” the listing proclaims.
It is zoned rural and not covered by significant natural space restrictions – ripe for development. The listing says it is near “major schools, Tawa stores, hospital, parks, [and] close to the rail and the bus”, and has a potential of more than 300 housing units.
Wellington is in dire need of houses. However, development is looking to heat up in the area, as central government and Wellington City Council push for greater housing density.
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Lyall Bay’s 3,200 sq m title currently spans three warehouses, retail space with covered parking, a 30-unit beach front motel – and the listing says it has “significant development opportunity”.
Wellington City Councilor Rebecca Matthews said the promise of more housing was always exciting.
“Our consent rates were lower per capita than the Chatham Islands,” she said. “We really need to improve our game.”
closer to town, Lyall’s Bay website is almost on the beach, close to Wellington airport, shopping mall, Spruce Goose and Maranui cafes and public transportation.
The government and local councils have signaled in their preferred option for the transformative Let’s Get Wellington Moving public transport plan that the eastern suburbs are likely to be served by a bus rapid transit route.
Matthews said: “It goes to show that even when you’re not looking at the proposed rapid transit routes, overall, in the city of Wellington, you’re not that far from public transit.”
However, development opportunities along the Johnsonville line were stymied at a district plan council meeting in June, when Mayor Andy Foster proposed an amendment to remove that train line from the list of rapid transit.
Including it would have meant that buildings in its pedestrian catchment area would have been allowed to reach six stories, which would have been “a big change” to the face of the city. Foster said such a decision required more consideration.
Matthews had been disappointed with the change. Developments like this have made it clear that “we have not plucked this good fruit at hand”.