Apartments fail to get off plans

For the second time, a planned apartment and retail block in Manly Village has fallen through before construction.

The first plans to develop the site at 60–62 Rawhiti Road, in 2008 gained resource consent but it did not proceed. The resource consent was amended in 2013 and a new design, called Manly Ridge Apartments, was put before the public in July 2015 by developer Mark Pepers of Dairy Flat.

The proposal was for a five-storey complex with eight retail shops, 24 two-bedroom apartments and two penthouses.

Mr Pepers told Hibiscus Matters that 13 apartments, and all retail units, were sold off the plans. There were delays in submitting a building consent, which Mr Pepers said were caused by “the demand on professional services in the building industry”.

Sources recently confirmed that the project will not proceed, with building costs a key factor. It has been an uncertain time for tenants operating businesses on the site – when they were given notice under their demolition clauses last year, several relocated, leaving empty shops. Tenants that remain are believed to be on a more secure footing and renovations to part of the building are planned.


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