The VTNZ building in Parnell could be moving on up
An attractively-priced city fringe development opportunity has become available with the sale of the VTNZ building at 65-71 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland.
The 1100sq m building has approved resource consent in place for a further 1650sq m of commercial space – over up to four extra floors – to be constructed above the vehicle testing station.
The property is offered for sale by expressions of interest through Jonathan Lynch and Peter Kermode of Colliers International, closing at 4pm on September 13 2012.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for developers or owner occupiers to capitalise on a buyers’ market and secure a prime position on the Auckland city fringe,” says Lynch. “For a developer looking for a project in a location which is growing in popularity among businesses, or an owner occupier seeking new custom-built premises, this site offers tremendous potential to create a high-quality commercial development.”
The 1,405sq m site is on a 21-year, perpetually renewable ground lease. VTNZ holds a 21 year lease to the property dating from September 2006, paying $107,272 in annual net rental.
“What makes this an especially compelling opportunity is the fact that with VTNZ’s long lease to the ground floor, the development space above can effectively be treated as bare freehold development land,” says Kermode.
“Outgoings from the VTNZ tenancy cover around a third of the ground rent, with the rental income covering almost all of the remainder. Therefore we believe this is by far the best value development site in the 3000 square metre-plus category in the Parnell area.”
Rentals of upwards of $250 per square metre could be “easily achievable” through developing high-quality, modern office accommodation above the vehicle testing station, Lynch says. “There is a great opportunity for significant future income potential through developing upper floors on this property.”
The existing single-floor structure was originally built to take additional floors of commercial space, with original plans for further development on the site having been put on hold, he says.
Subject to the relevant consents being applied for and approved, there is also the potential for additional development on land to the rear of the site, opening up a wide range of possible uses, Lynch adds.
“This is essentially an opportunity for businesses to commit to a state of the art office or other permitted development, at a time when there is much uncertainty around the seismic strength of existing buildings, and the obligations of businesses to their staff around building strength.”
The property, which has dual street frontage to The Strand and Augustus Tce, also has on-site car parks and harbour views. The site provides exposure to over 20,000 passing vehicles a day.
It is situated in the northern part of Parnell, on land which once constituted an industrial area around the port and railway station, Kermode says.
“The area is currently undergoing major land use changes with designated plan modifications for higher intensity, with light industrial use giving way to commercial, residential and showroom developments. The locality has recently proved particularly attractive to media-related businesses, with major tenants including Saatchi & Saatchi and media planning and buying agency Carat New Zealand occupying premises in the immediate vicinity of the property.”
A number of apartment complexes nearby mean the area is also regarded as a mixed-use locality, with the advantages of good motorway access, close proximity to the CBD and Newmarket and within walking distance of Parnell’s main retail and café strip, says Lynch.
“With the site’s north easterly aspect providing the prospect of sun-filled interiors, and easy access to central Parnell, this is a prime opportunity for businesses to create A grade office space.”
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