A new warehouse leased to the Green Gorilla waste business is a sign of change for Riverhead, at the top of the Waitemata Harbour, as light industrial businesses progressively fill a 13ha site previously occupied by the Carter Merchants Ltd sawmill.
The Riverhead pine forest was first planted in 1927 and Carter Holt Harvey Ltd acquired the cutting rights in 1990.
The Mill industrial park off Forestry Rd, 2km outside Riverhead & 2.5km from Kumeu, has been developed by Jonathan Polglase on very green principles – including stormwater, potable water from a bore and onsite wastewater treatment.
“This infrastructure is significantly more than what is provided for within the existing Kumeu township, providing flexibility & potentially lower development costs for occupiers of the site,” the Mill website proclaims.
The industrial park’s 24 sites range from 2000 to 15,000m², plus one of 6.27ha, all fully serviced, and half now sold or tenanted.
The 3253m² Green Gorilla property – lot 18 at 13 Timber Place – has been developed by June 29 Ltd (Graeme Bowkett, who’s also a director of the Green Gorilla company, Kalista Ltd).
It’s gone on the market this week through Colliers North Shore agents Ryan deZwart & Jimmy O’Brien, with deadline private treaty offers closing on Wednesday 17 April.
The property has a 576m² high stud warehouse, 1394m² concrete yard & 1156m² metalled yard, and Green Gorilla has leased it for a 12-year term starting in a week – Monday 1 April – with renewals through to 2043. The lease opens with a rental of $180,000/year net, and 2-yearly reviews.
While Riverhead may have been a backwater, at the top of the harbour with a pine plantation behind it, the industrial subdivision coincides with plans for 1500 new residential sections in the township, and a greater awareness of the whole neighbourhood as Westgate & Hobsonville are developed to the south and Kumeu is springing to life further west.
The Green Gorilla business is itself a very green operation – far from the standard concept of rubbish collection & landfill. Founded in 2010, its aim is to maximise recovery, re-use & recycling, with accent on not owning a landfill site.
Attribution: Colliers, The Mill, NZ Geographic.