Accessible Properties opens community-focused apartments

A new Accessible Properties housing complex is nearly complete – with a range of features that will enhance the lives of its tenants.

The development at 37 Halver Road in Manurewa, Auckland, has 23 two-bedroom units and one single-bedroom unit.

It’s been two and a half years in the making – now we hope to have the first tenants there in time to tuck in to their Christmas dinner.

Accessible Properties Project Coordinator Isabelle Janus says the four-storey apartment building is ideally suited for elderly tenants and those with mobility issues, and that’s been reflected in several features.

“We take the safety and security of our tenants very seriously,” Isabelle says. “Entry to the units is controlled by residents. Any visitors have to call up to the units over a security system. Residents can not only hear and speak to the visitor, they’ll be able to see them on a screen as well.”

The units are double-glazed for warmth and quiet, with level-access bathrooms for safe and easy use. A large lift and wide hallways are designed for tenants using walking frames and wheelchairs.

“Good ventilation will help keep tenants warm and dry,” Isabelle says.

Isabelle says developer Bloom Living has done a fantastic job in creating a welcoming environment.

“There is a communal vegetable garden, and we will look at introducing a communal barbeque,” she says. “We really wanted to establish that good neighbourly, community feel.”

There’s a car park for each apartment as well as storage for bikes and mobility scooters. The site is close to public transport and, perhaps most importantly for many of the tenants, a bowling green.

The Manurewa town centre is 500 metres away and the Auckland Botanic Gardens only just over a kilometre away.

Accessible Properties is a wholly owned subsidiary and charity of the IHC Group. It is New Zealand’s largest non-government registered and accredited community housing provider and manages more than 2700 properties around the country.

Photo caption: A community in the making – finishing touches are being made to new Halver Road apartments in Manurewa.


This story was published in Community Moves. The magazine is posted free to all IHC members.

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