Chance to land big Wairau Valley site

6:44 PM Friday September 22, 2017 True Commercial

Owned by vendors since 1987, the property (indicated by a red border) at 201 Archers Rd has multiple possibilities. Photo / Supplied

Thirty years of ownership of a large industrial land holding in the Wairau Valley is about to come to an end with the tendering of an 8524sq m site with substantial frontage to Archers Rd.

The vendors, who have owned the property at 201 Archers since 1987, have appointed Ranjan Unka and Trevor Duffin of Bayleys North Shore Commercial to market the offering by tender, closing on October 26 unless sold earlier.

The property features in Bayleys’ latest Total Property portfolio magazine.

“Property is very closely held in the Wairau Valley and it is not often that a holding of this size and exposure to a main road comes onto the market,” says Unka.

“It could appeal to developers and add-value investors through to yard based businesses or owner-occupiers looking for a large block of well-located land to build new premises.”

The rectangular landholding, which is zoned Light Industry, has a gentle contour and a street frontage of about 65 m onto Archers Rd. The depth is about 130m.

Buildings comprise a 1600sq m warehouse constructed in the early 1980s, plus small structures and lean-tos of undetermined age and size. The main building’s facade was refurbished in 2003 but it is otherwise in original condition, says Unka. The site is mainly gravelled and fenced, with an under utilised strip of land at the rear.

The property has two longstanding tenants, providing holding income of $181,333 per annum. Newflor Industries Limited, established in 1977 and one of New Zealand’s largest suppliers of residential and commercial floor coverings, occupies the main warehouse. Timber Recyclers Limited is the other occupant and predominantly uses the property as a demolition yard.

“Both tenants have operated from the property for many years, but are now on month-to-month leases which means the purchaser could terminate their tenancies whenever they choose or they could endeavour to negotiate a longer tenure with one of both of them and/or look for other tenants. This could be an option for a ‘sit and hold’ purchaser,” says Unka.

“However, the site is underdeveloped with a low building coverage so for purchasers wanting to maximise the rental return, a comprehensive redevelopment would be the most logical course of action.”

Trevor Duffin, who specialises in the sale and leasing of properties in the Wairau Valley, says the area is starved of good quality smaller industrial units and the site would be ideal for a development focused on this sector of the market.

“The vacancy rate from smaller industrial units in the Wairua Valley has been at negligible levels for many years and it’s now got to the point where vacant units are in some instances fetching a higher price than tenanted units because businesses are so desperate to get a foothold in the area,” he says.

“In some instances, tenants are also offering more than the asking rental just to secure premises Both tenants and owner-occupiers are also often having to settle for older-style, very average quality units which they are paying top dollar for.

“All this suggests that a subdivision of the site into smaller units, with a high ratio of warehouse to office space and possibly some live/work units if the necessary consents can be obtained, would meet with a very positive response from the market.”