Green light for new affordable rental development

We expect to start building 8 new affordable rental homes in Nelson South soon, now that we have secured all the funding for the project. These will be two-bedroom homes, built on a site between Waimea Rd and Kawai St, for households on low to modest incomes.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust director Carrie Mozena said the single-storey homes would be particularly suitable for working couples or individuals, older people and people with low mobility. Four will be wheelchair accessible.

"We're delighted that we can move ahead now with this project because we know there is a huge need for affordable, quality rentals like these,'' she said." There are a lot of people in our community struggling to find a home because of high market rents and the housing shortage."

The homes will be close to Nelson Hospital, bus routes and the city centre. They will be designed to be warm, dry and energy-efficient and will have photovoltaic panels to reduce the cost of power.

Funding support for this development comes from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Nelson City Council and the Rātā Foundation. The project is estimated to cost around $4.7 million.

We are currently refining the homes' design and expect to apply for building consent soon. All going well, construction could start in the next few months and be completed by mid-2025. 

You can read a Stuff  article about the development here.