Plans for a new Ormiston town centre in South Auckland have been approved and construction will begin in 2014.
A joint announcement by Auckland Council Property Limited (ACPL) and developer Todd Property Group will see the greenfields site developed into a 19-hectare town centre for the high-growth area of wider Flat Bush.
Once complete the town centre will include retail, cafes, restaurants, commercial office space, medical facilities, apartments, townhouses, open spaces for recreation as well as a proposed aquatic centre.
The new town centre will be found on Ormiston Road to the east of the gateway Ormiston Bridge near Chapel Road.
The land, currently owned by Auckland Council, will be sold to Todd Property on a staged basis with the first land transfer anticipated in August 2013. The project, with an estimated construction value of half a billion dollars, is expected to be completed between 2019–2022.
Auckland mayor Len Brown says the area is expected to grow to 40,000 people over the next 12 years.
"The last decade has seen thousands of people make Flat Bush their new home and it is a priority to deliver these Aucklanders a town centre they are proud of."
ACPL managed the development agreement and masterplan process in consultation with Auckland Council and the Howick Local Board.
Evan Davies, managing director of Todd Property, said: "It will not simply be a place for people to work or shop, it will be a place to go for a walk, relax, cycle and meet people from your community. It will have high quality urban design, easy accessibility to the surrounding park, and safe public spaces."
Todd Property’s current projects include the development of residential suburb, Stonefields and the development of the Long Bay community on Auckland’s North Shore.