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