Ryman Healthcare plans, revealed last year, to build a new $150 million retirement village at Kohimarama in Auckland has hit some resistance from the Auckland Council.
The Council is calling for submissions on the scheme for the 3.1-hectare leasehold site next door to Selwyn College which Ryman has for 137 years with rights of renewal.
The village will include a 98-bed hospital, 75 assisted living suites, 123 apartments, 192 car parks, two van parking spaces and 15 bike bays. Construction, expected to take 36 to 42 months, will be completed over four stages.
The proposed basements require significant excavations and groundwater diversion and dewatering. Council has asked Ryman to look at their treatment of the retaining walls and car parks to minimise the visual impact on the space.
Council also mentioned concerns around the ground floor units having a limited outlook, the potential conflict for pedestrians as residents and visitors, mobility scooters, cars, and service vehicles.
The panel did thank Ryman for engaging early on in its planning and said it supported in principle what looked to be reasonable solutions for the site.