Local community group Mt Cook Mobilised are pleased that Housing New Zealand will be fixing up its 54 apartments in Rolleston Street, but are asking for more consultation on this and other development plans.
In an article published in the newsletter of MCM, chair Peter Cooke notes that while the six-decade old apartments at 21 Rolleston Street are not fit for purpose and a redeveloped complex would provide better quality homes, a complete rebuild could increase the number of tenants significantly.
Between 80 and 90 one-or two-bedroom units have been suggested, possibly doubling the population.
A community facility is included in the plans, modelled on that in Centennial Flats, Berhampore.
The article also looks at the proposed Supported Living Unit at the Hargreaves end of the apartment complex, for people whose alcohol or drug addiction problems would otherwise see them homeless.
The Wellington City Council is pushing central government to include accommodation as part of the HNZ redevelopment.
The work on the complex, which could begin early in 2019 would add to the disruption already happening in central Mt Cook with the work on the new Mt Cook Reservoir above Prince of Wales Park, and the pipework on Wallace and Hargreaves Streets which will disrupt traffic for two to three years.
More detail on this and other Mt Cook news can be found in the latest MCM newsletter:
The next Mt Cook Mobilised meeting will be on Sunday 29 July from 4:00pm, at the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre (former Home of Compassion Creche) in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, east of Tory Street.