May 7, 2014
Construction is under way on the city’s newest housing development at East Maitland. Civil works on roads, stormwater and sewage have begun so the first land release at Harvest, on Raymond Terrace Road, can start in the second half of 2014 .
“What you will see is a fully master-planned community that will set the benchmark for sustainability,” AVID Property Group CEO Cameron Holt said.
“It will bring significant employment opportunities while delivering housing.”
The 393-lot project is expected to generate $175 million in benefits to the Maitland economy through land development and housing construction.
The Mayor of Maitland, Cr Peter Blackmore, helped turn the first sod yesterday.
“Our can-do attitude is the simplest thing to achieve,” he said.
“We invite developers to come forward with their ideas and we work with the Department of Planning to make it a reality.”
The 50-hectare development is near the Metford site selected for the Lower Hunter Hospital, demonstrating growth in the area.
“The hospital site was chosen because of the projected growth for Maitland, which is really out this side [east], which has surprised some people,” Maitland MP Robyn Parker said.
Between the hospital and the planned upgrade of Stockland’s retail premises these projects are expected to create nearly 2500 jobs in construction.
Ms Parker hoped that hospital staff might call Harvest home. “It’s a great thing for people to live near work but not always achievable,” she said.
AVID Property Group has partnered with builders Clarendon Homes, Eden Brae Homes, Hudson Homes, Masterton Homes, McDonald Jones Homes, and Mojo Homes for the estate.
While the state government requires new homes to achieve a certain degree of water and energy efficiency, AVID Property Group will encourage people who buy into the estate to go a step further.
Using its buying power, AVID Property Group will offer customers discounted solar power packages with an estimated cost-recovery period of four years rather than six. Lot sizes will range from 525 to 2125 square meters.
Courtesy – The Maitland Mercury