Manly Village apartments now on horizon

These buildings in Manly Village could be demolished this year to make way for this apartment complex.

Owners of a group of shops in Manly Village have been given notice under their demolition clause as plans to build a five-storey apartment and retail complex on the site move forward.

It was more than a year ago that Hibiscus Matters revealed plans for the Manly Ridge Apartments development and director Mark Pepers says the project was delayed by “the demand on professional services in the building industry at the moment”.

He says building consent is about to be lodged with Auckland Council and he anticipates that they will be ready to demolish existing buildings on the site, at 60–62 Rawhiti Road, towards the end of this year.

The new complex will feature eight retail shops, 24 two-bedroom apartments (for which prices start at $699,000) and two penthouse apartments (most expensive $2.5million) as well as 42 car parks. Mr Pepers says 13 apartments, including both penthouses, have been sold off the plans, as well as all the retail units.

Construction could begin early next year and take around 10 months. The retail units on the ground floor will be the first to be completed; Mr Pepers said they could be starting a fit out on those around six months after the start of construction.

He says disruption to surrounding busineses and the public will be kept to a minimum during the build.