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East Coast RSA sells to Medical Centre

JLL sells 13-15 Bute Road, Browns Bay



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JLL agent David Mayhew worked on the sale of 13-15 Bute Road, Browns Bay for eight months, and has found a fitting buyer for the property. 

Says Mayhew, “Browns Bay Medical Property Investments Ltd, purchased the site after looking for a suitable property in the area for two years. The outcome is a great one, as the location is ideal for a medical centre and the former owners, the East Coast Bays RSA are thrilled the property will continue to be of service to the community.”

The East Coast Bays RSA at 13-15 Bute Road, first opened in 1925 and has approximately 2500 members. Having been around for so many years it was a bold move of the RSA to sell their property in order to make the move to the Browns Bay Bowling Club premises at 784 Beach Road. 

Kerry Kay, president of the Browns Bay RSA says, “RSAs were set up for veterans of World War I and World War II. Sadly, they are mostly all gone now and the club environment has changed. To establish what was causing a decline in visitors to the club we did an online survey which established that new drink driving laws, transport issues and better home entertainment facilities were all factors which led to less patronage at the club.

“We could see that over the past five to six years or so there had been a downturn in numbers. We also had a fire in 2015 and really noticed a drop in the number of members returning to the club after this. Even after a fabulous post-fire party, numbers remained low. We reviewed three options, join the Bays Club, consider using the Auckland RSA business model or amalgamate/merge with the Browns Bay Bowling Club, which was an idea we had been investigating over the past 12 months.

“The Council helped us fund a feasibility study on the concept of us moving to the Browns Bay Bowling Club, with other clubs to form a “community hub” and the results showed this scenario to be a viable option. 

“We had to promote the concept of moving and selling the Bute Road property to the members and we received 98% approval to move ahead. David Mayhew from JLL helped us immensely and when the Medical Centre purchased the property it just confirmed to us that we had made the right call, as the site still gets to be enjoyed by the community and for us, that was a very successful outcome.”

Mayhew explains that the sale process didn’t turn out to be as straight forward as expected. “We were lucky to be dealing with two sensible parties who soon arrived at an agreement regardless.”

Spokesperson for the Medical Centre, Trudy Warin says 13-15 Bute Road is set to be named ‘Bays Health.’ “The Centre will offer the local community a range of high quality health services, with Browns Bay Medical Centre as the anchor tenant providing a personalised and friendly General Practice service, that it has built its reputation on over the past 40 years in the Bays.

“Our current Browns Bay site was purchased by a property developer and our preference was to remain within the town centre of Browns Bay. Having looked for a property for two years we were thrilled to secure this location. The ample parking, access to public transport, the design, views and attractive interior spaces of the building were in line with what we were looking for in a health and wellness services site.” 

Bays Health will open its doors in December 2018/January 2019.