The Westlight Apartment development in Glen Eden was delivered in with the Ted Manson Foundation, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Home in Place. This six-star Lifemark development, comprises of two towers with a mix of one-and-two-bedroom apartments and townhouses. as well as a community centre and retail shops on the ground floor.
The 171-unit development includes private, Kiwibuild and community housing residents. It provides secure, long term tenure and a place to call home for the whole cross-section of the West Auckland population.
The 90 one-and-two-bedroom, purpose-built community housing units are managed onsite by Home in Place.
The mixed-use, mixed-tenure development sets a new benchmark in community housing in New Zealand and illustrates the type of development advocated by the Minister of Urban Development and the new Urban Development Authority.
The Westlight development provides a high standard of housing with Homestar 6 accreditation. As a result, Westlight households use significantly less energy and water, and will have less moisture or condensation issues, making it healthier and more affordable to live in.
Social housing is often built on the suburban fringe. Transit Urban Developments are considered best practice as they are integrated within communities and strategically placed within close proximity of amenities, retail, services and, importantly, public transport hubs.
The Westlight development is a prime example of a Transit Urban Development. It is just two minutes’ walk from the Glen Eden Railway Station, ideally located for city commuters, local workers and students. It is also within walking distance to shops, schools and services including childcare, health and recreation.