Can New Lynn join Newmarket as one of the most prestigious town centres in Auckland?
New Lynn's transport centre has slowly but surely been transformed into a clean, modern hub and now a further two projects are underway to give the rest of the suburban centre a facelift.
First up is a plan for a pedestrian-friendly shared space, which will run through the heart of New Lynn. This will be created by transforming the back street of McCrae Way, running through Merchant Quarter, providing access to a major new commercial building – the second project in the works. A multimillion dollar development is slated to be built outside New Lynn’s transport exchange over 7000 square metres of commercial and retail space, including a new medical centre, on Totara Avenue. Attached to the building will be a 299-space public car park.
Design inspiration for the McCrae Way space was taken from another shared space in Totara Avenue West, and will include a new urban square.
Future plans for New Lynn include upgrading Great North Road and Delta Avenue to create a more pedestrian-friendly town centre environment. That means wider footpaths, new seating and additional plantings with construction expected to take place between April and August.
“The difference these projects are making to New Lynn is remarkable and we are well on our way to being able to cater for the significant population growth projected for this area in the next 50 years,” Whau local board chairman Derek Battersby says.
“We can look forward to living in a modern, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly town centre with strong and consistent design, a mix of living, working and civic spaces and a growing economy.”
Work is about to commence on both ventures with an expected completion date near the end of the year.
The commercial development is a joint venture between Auckland Council and Infratil Infrastructure Ltd, awarded to Hawkins Construction, while contractor Dempsey Wood is responsible for the shared space initiative.