Construction of the first four homes of a community rental
housing project in Suffolk St, Arrowtown, has begun.
Expected to be available for occupancy next February, the
homes are the first stage of a Queenstown Lakes Community
Housing Trust project to build 10 homes on the site.
Graphic by Dravitski Brown.
Construction of the first stage of a community rental
housing project in Arrowtown has begun.
Base Contracting has started site preparation work for the
first stage of a Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust
project to build 10 homes on Suffolk St land bordering Jack
Trust chairman David Cole said the four homes comprising the
first stage were expected to be ready for occupancy next
February. A start on the remaining six homes depends on
Queenstown Lakes District Council support for a new community
and sports centre in Jack Reid Park.
If the centre gets council approval and funding, it will
replace buildings used by the Arrowtown Rugby Club that
extend into the housing project site.
Mr Cole said the trust had spent the past 15 months working
through the planning process for the project. The final
hurdle, securing access across reserve land to the site of
the six units in the second stage, had taken about two months
The trust has faced stiff public opposition to the project.
The council transferred the Suffolk St property to the trust
last June, despite about two-thirds of public submissions on
the proposal being opposed.
A majority of people attending a public meeting on the
project last May also expressed their opposition.
Mr Cole said gaining approval for the project had been a
''You always have to respect other people's views and
opinions, but I'm optimistic that when we've completed the
development, Arrowtown people are going to be impressed by
the amenity and its visual appeal.''
The $3.6 million project is being funded by a $1 million
grant from the Government, as well as trust cash reserves and
The homes will be available at below-market rental rates for
a maximum of five years and, unlike the trust's other houses,
will remain in trust ownership in perpetuity. Eligibility
criteria include the tenant being a New Zealand resident, and
at least one member of the household being in full-time
Trust executive officer Julie Scott said its ''affordable
rental'' scheme aimed to help tenants save so that by the end
of their tenancies, they could move on to another trust
scheme that assisted lower-income households into home