Wellington to get 145 new homes
June 7, 2018
The first batch of 145 new one-bedroom social housing units in Wellington are set to open next month.
The first 20 new units will open on Mt Cook’s Hanson Street and have been designed for people living with disabilities.
Wellington City Council Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons said it was a really important social housing initiative.
“These houses have been built with better materials in an environmentally sound way will mean that those communities can be confident that they will be warm and dry in those houses.
“We need to build significantly more houses in Newtown in order to house the growing population.”
The new development is just one of five planned projects in the Wellington region catering for those without children – a first for Housing New Zealand.
Housing New Zealand has invested $48.5 million to build 145 new social housing units, all designed as one-bedroom units.
Other development sites include Owen Street in Newtown, Britomart Street in Berhampore, Phillip Street and Frankmoore Avenue in Johnsonville, and the redevelopment of the iconic McLean Flats on the Terrace.
The largest housing complex is situated on Owen Street and will be home to 36 one-bedroom units designed to blend into the surrounding town belt.
“These are exactly the kind of homes needed in Wellington to respond to social housing demand, which is mostly from single people and couples without children,” said a Housing New Zealand spokesperson.
Construction on the Owen Street block will be completed in October this year.