Equinox Group Ltd has obtained resource consent for its luxury residential development beside the Orakei railway station, in the Orakei Bay Village at the foot of Remuera – 12 years after getting involved in the original project as financier, and a year after transforming the small peninsula with a village retail precinct.
The new feature, The Peninsula, will have 32 apartments & penthouses priced from $2.7-13 million, looking back to the city across Hobson Bay.
Image above: Artist’s impression of The Peninsula at Orakei Bay Village.
They’ll be built at the most northerly point of the village, which has bars, eateries, boutique shopping & service stores and is anchored by Farro Fresh & Kings Plant Barn.
The design is for apartments of 150-660m², including covered lanais & balconies. Colliers will market the project and construction is intended to start next year.
The whole site at 228-246 Orakei Rd is partly freehold, partly leasehold, and the early intention over a decade ago was to build over the railway tracks, incorporating council-owned carparking land.
Equinox Group director Kerry Knight said yesterday the plans have been scaled back to remove the complexities of the previous requirement for development over the train tracks & a land swap with the council: “We are now only building on our freehold land, and The Peninsula is the premier waterfront location for residents in Orakei Bay Village.”
The original development proposal was by Tony Gapes’ Redwood Group Ltd. After he failed to get the project through all the council hoops, and the complications of leasehold interests, Equinox took charge of the project, but put it on hold in 2015 after further issues with Auckland Council & Auckland Transport made funding impossible.
The site for the Peninsula, right on the water’s edge, is where King’s Plant Barn was previously located.
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Attribution: Company & agency release.