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Former car yard for sale spells golden opportunity in heart of Tauranga

Commercial property investors, owner-occupiers and developers are set to vie for a high-profile former car sales yard on the market with big development potential on Tauranga’s ‘golden mile’.

The more than 1,100-square-metre freehold corner site on Cameron Road has been known to locals as the home to successful car dealerships over the decades. It is now being offered to buyers with vacant possession.

Excellent main-street profile within the central city will maximise its appeal to a variety of businesses, while flexible commercial zoning primes the site for commercial and/or intensive residential redevelopment.

The property at 408 Cameron Road, Tauranga, is now being marketed for sale through Rory Brown, Christy Arundel and Lloyd Davidson of Bayleys Tauranga.

Sale is by deadline private treaty closing on Wednesday 9 August, unless the property is sold earlier.

Brown said the property was underpinned by some 1,113 square metres of commercial-zoned freehold land.

“The site contains an approximately 255-square-metre showroom/office and a basement workshop of some 198 square metres.

“A large, sealed yard provides plenty of space for on-site parking or as a display area, which until recently was used to display vehicles for sale,” Brown said.

The Cameron Road site is zoned Commercial (8A) under the Tauranga City Plan.

Arundel said this was a flexible designation opening the way for multi-level development to accommodate a broad spectrum of future uses.

“The possibilities for what can genuinely be described as a trophy central city site, range from a multi-storey apartment development and ancillary retail and offices, to educational or community facilities, or visitor accommodation.

“Future uses, and any new development at this site, will be supported by a location that provides a commanding street presence and outstanding exposure to an estimated 22,000 passing vehicles per day along Cameron Road.

“The central city location places this site within easy reach of key amenities including banks, diverse shopping and a PAK’nSAVE supermarket, as well as car parking and public transport,” said Arundel.

Davidson said future possibilities for the site were bolstered by new research pointing to improving conditions for development and construction in the city.

“Bayleys’ latest Tauranga Commercial Market Update suggests construction costs are stabilising as supply chain issues are resolved and subcontractors become more readily available.

“A ‘flight to quality’ is driving activity and resulting in low vacancies and rising rents among better quality commercial premises. Tenants are seeking better workspaces to improve the experience for staff, particularly as offices compete with work-from-home options.

“New office developments in the CBD will, in turn, add to the wider revitalisation driven by the Tauranga CBD Blueprint. This envisions large-scale growth and transformation, representing New Zealand’s largest current CBD redevelopment,” said Davidson.

The Blueprint incorporates 20 big catalyst developments that are committed to before 2030, underpinning $1.5 billion in investment and laying the foundation for further opportunities.

Key developments include a range of residential and commercial buildings, the new Tauranga District Court and projects proposed as part of the refreshed masterplan for the civic precinct – Te Manawataki o Te Papa.

“These trends are supportive not only of future commercial property development in general, but particularly development within Tauranga’s rapidly improving central city,” said Davidson.

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