New housing could pop up in the Forbury area if the Dunedin
City Council goes ahead with its plan to buy the former
Forbury School site.
Mayor Dave Cull said the school closed in December 2011 and,
soon after, the Methodist Mission created a hub on the site
which now services more than 600 families in South Dunedin.
The Methodist Mission told
the council it had concerns the school would eventually be
sold and it would not be able to continue its service from
the site, he said. It was one of several issues that caused
the council to express an interest in the property, the mayor
''The DCC recognises the importance of their work in the
community. We want to protect the services that the Methodist
''We also have Dunedin City Council housing next door. We
recognise the potential for building more on the site. It is
also an opportunity for urban renewal - buying the site might
be the catalyst.''
The council owns housing in Kirkcaldy St, Melbourne St and
Oxford St, all in close proximity to the former school.
As part of the disposal process, Ngai Tahu would get an
option to buy the property, so the council had been in talks
with Ngai Tahu about ''how they might realise each other's
aspirations'', Mr Cull said.
''If we could agree on outcomes for the property, the DCC and
Ngai Tahu may come to an agreement to contribute different
resources to achieve agreed outcomes.''
Discussions were taking place with all parties, but Mr Cull
could not say if or when a deal would be reached.
The school was merged with Macandrew Intermediate on the
Macandrew Intermediate site last year to form Bathgate Park
School - a year 1 to year 8 primary school.