Former school site for housing

The Dunedin suburb of Waldronville is scheduled to grow by at least 25 properties in the next two and a-half years after a property developer bought the former school and playcentre for $1,035,000.

Demolition of the former school and playcentre buildings began this week, and developer Lloyd Morshuis hoped construction on the first house would begin in April or May next year.

''We hope the first house will be completed by September, and all 25 houses to be built over the next two and a-half years.''

Waldronville School was officially closed in April 2010 after a continual decline in its roll, and the playcentre closed midway through last year.

The 2.02ha property, which included both the former school at 5A Vulcan Rd and the early childhood centre at 319 Brighton Rd, had a combined capital value of $1,165,000.

While it had not yet been decided what to call the subdivision, Mr Morshuis said it would probably be named after an aircraft like several streets in Waldronville - Friendship, Viscount, Valiant, Vampire, Delta, Canberra and Dakota.

''I think it will be very popular.

''Not everyone wants to live in Mosgiel and, apart from Abbotsford, there's not a lot of flat, easy land to build on that is child or elderly-friendly.

''Waldronville gets a lot of sun. It's close to town and it's close to the beach.''

He said the three- or four-bedroom houses with double garages would be priced between $390,000 and $420,000.

The development follows other recent subdivisions in Mosgiel such as Hartstonge Ave, Copperfield Close and Didham Dr.

The only other Dunedin schools remaining in the Crown disposal process are Corstorphine and Forbury Schools.

A Land Information New Zealand spokeswoman said Corstorphine School was under offer to the property's former owners or their successors, as per the terms of the Public Works Act 1981.

She said Linz expected to know the outcome of the offer by the end of this year.

Forbury School was under a right of first refusal offer to Ngai Tahu as per the terms of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement, and Linz expected to know the outcome of the offer in early February, she said.

- john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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