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Hillsborough Housing Complex Underway

March 6 2001

Construction of a 51-unit Housing New Zealand development for the elderly and disabled in Lynfield got underway today with a ground-breaking ceremony by Housing Minister Mark Gosche.

Mr Gosche said the $9 million complex would be a major boost to housing for the elderly.

After community concern last year Housing New Zealand reconsidered a large-scale housing proposal on the site, replacing the proposed terraced house family unit complex with a development for the elderly.

“Housing New Zealand recognised its obligation to consider the community’s concerns and has worked closely with the community to ensure the development will fit with the surrounding area. The re-design has since been fully supported at a public meeting.

“This development is part of a wider government strategy to provide a mix of rental housing for low-income New Zealanders in areas of high demand, particularly in Auckland.”

The 51 units will be in four blocks designed specifically for older people, and those with physical disabilities. Each unit in the development will include two bedrooms, an open plan living area and large enclosed decks.

The development also has a community room, outdoor seating, landscaped grounds, shrubs, pergolas, perimeter fencing and security lighting.

Mr Gosche said residents would be close to amenities such as public transport, a new supermarket, the local medical centre and the shopping centre.

The development is due for completion in December this year.

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