The Ormiston Town Centre development at Flat Bush is now getting under way.
The 19ha town centre will be much more than a shopping centre and will include opportunities to live, work and play.
Once complete it will include retail, cafes, restaurants, commercial office space, medical facilities, apartments, town houses, a library and multi-use facility and an aquatic centre.
The vision is that the town centre will be based around a traditional mainstreet, be compact and pedestrian friendly and have strong ties to the environment and Barry Curtis Park.
Initial work on site, just to the east of the gateway Ormiston Bridge near Chapel Road, is underway, including construction of a 6,000 sq m Pak ‘n Save.
An initial 63 terraced houses have been consented with construction due to start early 2015.
Auckland Council owns 90 per cent of the town centre land and is working closely with Auckland Council Property Limited (ACPL) to deliver a vibrant town space.
The council and board’s contribution is approximately $220m for transport improvements, public open space, water and wastewater, the library and aquatic centre.
The private sector is contributing an estimated $2.8 billion and several developers are involved including Todd Property which is developing the town centre, the Hugh Green Group, Howick Parklands and Green Land Investment.
The project is expected to be completed between 2019-2021.
Multi-use community facility and library
The heart of Ormiston Town Centre will be the 2,925sqm, $20.8 million library and multi-use community facility.
Planning for this is well underway. The concept design features two levels with a central community hub, a café facing Barry Curtis Park, an arts-themed courtyard and a central gallery and studio.
It also incorporates shared facilities for staff, performance and rehearsal areas and additional spaces for community and arts activities.
As part of the development of Flat Bush Council is also planning to build an aquatic centre on Ormiston Road.
The site was chosen for its visibility, easy walking distance for nearby school students, proposed bus services and its town centre location.
The aquatic centre will be a great place for people to meet, socialise and hold events and initial plans feature lap, leisure, learners and toddler pools, a spa, sauna and steam room, a fitness centre and a café.
Funding for the aquatic centre is to be considered as part of the Community Facilities Network Plan currently being developed and the Long-term Plan (LTP) process.