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Apartments for older people

Apartments for older people - Henderson

New apartments designed for older people will not only provide tenants with warm, dry homes but also the building blocks for a safe, supportive community.

The village adopts a new style of living for older residents. An internal atrium and generous corridors on each floor encourage social connection between those who live in the village. The building is also designed to be energy efficient and easy to maintain.

The 40 apartments are going up on a vacant 3000sqm site at 21-33 Henderson Valley Road, next to Henderson High School. A separate development of 50-60 additional terrace homes aimed at families is earmarked for the rest of the 1.6ha in coming years.

Getting more people into high-quality housing in the area will help us revitalise Henderson town centre. The new neighbourhood also offers strong links to public transport and excellent cultural, recreational and educational facilities nearby.

We identified the site, previously known as Wilsher Village, as a suitable location for social housing for older tenants. We also developed design standards to meet their needs, working with The Selwyn Foundation, Age Concern New Zealand, mana whenua, tenant reference groups and the Henderson-Massey Local Board.

Haumaru Housing will manage the new village (Haumaru is a limted partnership between Auckland Council and The Selwyn Foundation).

Village features

  • One-bedroom, 45sqm apartments in a single four-storey building.
  • All apartments wheelchair accessible, with designated space for a mobility scooter.
  • High Homestar 7 built rating, extensive green grounds and 19 car parking spaces

Senior stats / statistics

  • The number of older Aucklanders is expected to double in the next 15 years. It’s part of our job to help provide housing of a high standard to cater for this ageing population.
  • The new village will increase Auckland Council’s tally of homes for older people to 1452, and villages to 63.

Timeline to tenancy

  • Resource consent granted 10 August 2017
  • Building of apartments started late August 2018
  • Completion expected mid-2019
  • First tenants in by late 2019

From car park to homes

From a car park used mainly by Auckland Council staff, to a more productive and fulfilling use as central housing for local people. That’s the future mapped out for 2-4 Henderson Valley Road.

As well as the staff car park, this site near the town centre contains a commercial building known as Central One.

We hope firstly to see the large car park developed into 50-80 terrace homes and low-rise apartments. Residents, workers and visitors would also enjoy outdoor improvements to the plaza, garden and streets surrounding the current council building.

The timeframe we’re looking at is two years from mid 2019 .

Redeveloping Central One will then be next on the action plan. We’re exploring its future potential for a mix of uses such as residential and retail shops. Until this is finalised, the building will be leased to commercial tenants.