Council blocks offer blank canvas to developers

11:00 AM Saturday November 1, 2014 Colin Taylor

View of two blocks of Auckland Council land for sale at 182-186 and 194-198 Cavendish Drive in Manukau.

Auckland Council has put two blocks of Manukau land up for sale on four separate titles and with a flexible Business 5 Mixed Use zoning offering a variety of future development options.

The council has appointed Dave Stanley and Ben Bayley of Bayleys Manukau office to market the sites totalling 3332 sq m at 182-186 and 194-198 Cavendish Drive.

Stanley says the land was originally acquired to facilitate the widening of Cavendish Drive and now that this has been completed the properties are surplus to council requirements.

Featured in Bayleys’ latest Total Property portfolio publication they are for sale by tender closing on December 4 and will not be sold earlier.  

Stanley says the sale of 182-186 Cavendish Drive offers purchasers the chance to buy two adjoining freehold blocks of land totalling 1694 sq m with a wide road frontage to Cavendish Drive.

“Also consisting of two freehold titles totalling 1630 sq m, the blocks at 194-198 Cavendish Drive are on the corner with Glasgow Avenue on a traffic light controlled intersection with good entrance and exit options.”

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Dave Stanley of Bayleys.

Stanley says prospective purchasers can tender for the four individual titles which range from 770 sqm to 885 sq m.

However, most tenders are expected to be for each of two blocks that are separated by a middle property, which is not included in the sale, or for the purchase of all four titles in its entirety to enable a development of sufficient scale to be undertaken.

“We have already had interest in the offering from owner occupiers, developers who have tenants wanting purpose built premises in the area as well as from some of the neighbouring property owners,” says Stanley. “There is really a blank canvas there ready for development and the zoning presents a wide range of possibilities as evidenced by the site across the road on which a substantial new medical centre is nearing completion.”

The Business 5 (Mixed) Zone allows mixed areas of light and medium industry, offices and other commercial uses and a limited range of retailing activity. The zoning recognises “that with increasing use of better technology and management practices the effects of industrial and manufacturing activities are compatible with or similar to a range of retailing and other activities. A broad range of activities may be established subject to meeting performance standards and other criteria.” 

A similar zoning of Business – Light Industrial is proposed under the new Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Stanley says the current zoning will allow some retailing on the high profile street frontages of the sites with other uses behind or it will accommodate a substantial single user such as a hireage business needing a main road presence. Neighbours include well established industrial businesses and a large residential catchment area.

Ben Bayley says the sites are conveniently located around 2.5 km from the north-south State Highway One motorway interchange to the east and about 1.6 km from the SH 20 south western motorway interchange.  Manukau City is also nearby a short drive to the east.

“Cavendish Drive is now a major connecting route from Manukau to Auckland International Airport and State Highway 20 which accesses both south and west Auckland,” says Bayley. “The current estimated traffic count is 15,000 to 18,000 vehicles passing per day which means it is a sought after business location.” 

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Ben Bayley of Bayleys.

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