School housing hint

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The first official hint about a housing project on the former site of Queenstown’s high school’s been dropped.

Land Information NZ tells SceneGorge Road/Fryer Street will be used for “state housing”.

Deputy Crown property boss Jerome Sheppard says: “The property transferred to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development on November 1, 2018, for state housing purposes.”

The ministry’s staying mum for now, with a spokesperson saying the government’s working alongside local stakeholders on plans for the future of the site.

“An announcement will be made once the plans are finalised.”

In 2016, owned only nine properties in Queenstown and had an exit strategy from the resort, due to low demand and low unemployment.

But it is building new state housing in a number of regions. Sheppard’s comments could potentially instead be a nod to the government’s KiwiBuild, which aims to deliver 100,000 homes nationally over the next decade by supporting developers.

Sheppard recently confirmed the sale of the four-hectare site, which has been empty since the move to a new campus at Remarkables Park at the start of the year.

It entered the disposal process on April 3.