The derelict, former Icepak Coolstores site in central Tamahere is again on the market.
More than two years on from the last prospective sale the abandoned, concrete covered site, now a magnet for skateboarders, is being touted to builders.
Marketing signs went up around the 2ha site on the corner of Devine and Koppens Rd last Friday promoting it for lifestyle block subdivision.
Two years ago the prospective, $1 million deal was for commercial use – a problematic prospect as the block was zoned residential since soon after the catastrophic 2008 fire, which killed firefighter Derek Lovell. Icepak and the Waikato District Council negotiated a deal for the coolstore company to give up resource consents that allowed them to use the area for commercial purposes.
This time round, marketing agent Richard Graham, of Bayley’s, said in an online ad that the site was in a single, freehold title that “could be divided into four lifestyle lots (subject to Council confirmation) or possibly more with a resource consent.”
In the ad headed ‘Calling all builders”, the real estate agent said “this substantial block of land in a prime location could be an ideal land bank, Lifestyle subdivision or large single Lifestyle unit.”
The land is to go to auction at 2pm on Thursday, June 2 at Bayley’s Ulster St office.
Halls Group chief financial officer Brendon Furness said it was understood that many Tamahere residents did not want another commercial or industrial business at the site.
He said the company hoped a developer might buy the site and “do something special there”.
“We felt it was good to sell the land and hopefully bring some of the community some peace.”
The land has been re-zoned to Lifestyle category under the Waikato District Plan.