NRC chairman Bill Shepherd said the new owner intended to develop a new urgent care centre in conjunction with White Cross, integrating a new larger White Cross Urgent Care with dental, X-ray and ultrasound, Labtests services and physio. The company also has a limited amount of additional space which it hopes will accommodate additional medical practices, Mr Shepherd said. He said the regional council was keen to stimulate urban development and attract investment in central Whangarei and had been seeking a suitable developer for the property for some time.
"Its sale - at current valuation and after an approach from the developer - is a strategic and very carefully considered one by council."Mr Shepherd said the Reyburn Whangarei proposal fit well within the Whangarei District Council's Hihiaua Precinct Plan, which encouraged complementary mixed-use activities including residential, boutique retail, cafes, limited office, community services, entertainment and tourism.The company is planning a two-stage development, aiming to begin construction of the first $5.6 million stage - the medical centre - in August and have it finished early next year.