Rapid build even astounds mayor
Even Sir Barry Curtis seemed astounded that Taradale Properties has built more than 100 homes on its Sacramento subdivision since the project was launched in December 1998, and that there will soon be just over 200 homes there.
As mayor of Manukau City for the past 18 years, Sir Barry (below) is a tireless promoter of growth in the city which spreads across the southern edge of the Auckland metropolitan area.
The greenfields East Tamaki strip, with the Botany Downs town centre in the middle and Sacramento right next to it, will have 60,000 people living in it in a dozen years. The city now has 280,000 people and is growing at the rate of 6000 a year, with 1000 new homes a year being built around Botany Downs.
Not surprisingly, Sir Barry is proud of the new arterial road link through the centre of it all, Te Irirangi Drive, a $45 million project which will have its official opening on 30 April.
While the rest of Auckland mutters about roads versus rail and buslanes, Manukau has built a 7.8km road with Transfund contributing 48% of the cost, finished on time and within budget. The next major road for Auckland’s south-east will be through the Waiouru Peninsula, where the Ra Ora stud will become an industrial subdivision. That project will generate between 9000 and 15,000 new jobs over the next 15 years.
As for Sacramento, Sir Barry said that as mayor and as a professional town planner he was aware of the challenge in getting people to accept higher density urban environments. “However today the concept is fast gaining popularity, proving attractive to a discerning public as they seek an alternative lifestyle based on a condominium village type housing environment.”
The project is the first in that part of Auckland for Taradale, which has done some subdivisions in the Albany Basin, one in Mt Albert and has another by Cornwall Park.
Taradale director Tim Manning was critical of North Shore City Council for the time it took in handling the company’s medium-density Grange development at Albany.
Stage 1 of Sacramento has 96 homes, stage 2 (nearing completion) has 57 and the third stage, now being sold, will have 59. Half have two bedrooms, with the rest split between one and three-bedroom units. They have been priced between $179,000 and $275,000.
The subdivision has two pools, a tennis court and two gyms and a new service for the southern hemisphere, fibre-optic cabling to every unit that is capable of carrying 200 television channels and providing ultra-high speed internet access. The last of these is a project by Epworth Corporation.
“This is the largest condominium development in New Zealand. To get a resource consent for this whole complex took six weeks. I think that comes from a very well organised council,” Mr Manning said.