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New look on its way at New Lynn

The makeover of West Auckland town centre New Lynn was kickstarted on Friday as old buildings were demolished.A $300 million redevelopment plan is under way that will see it renovated in a way that Waitakere City Council hopes will rival the popular shopp

Jazial Crossley
Mon, 27 Sep 2010

The makeover of West Auckland town centre New Lynn was kickstarted on Friday as old buildings were demolished.

A $300 million redevelopment plan is under way that will see it renovated in a way that Waitakere City Council hopes will rival the popular shopping area at Newmarket.

New Lynn’s historic Merchant’s Quarter area will be the heart of the newly done up area and a one kilometre trench has been dug for railway so trains can run in both directions every 10 minutes.

On Friday Waitakere Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse took to the wheel of a digger to mark the start of construction.

“One building will feature ground level retail shops and two levels of commercial real estate above,” Waitakere City Council said.

“The second will be a tower complex featuring one level of retail and three levels of carparking to service business tenants and commuters. There are also plans for the tower to include a future residential development of up to 10 storeys.”

Redevelopment of the buildings in the area is a joint venture between the local authority and infrastructure investor Infratil while the transport portion is funded by the council, KiwiRail and Auckland Regional Transport, NZ Transport Agency and Watercare.

In early 2011 work will start on extending Clark St to Great North Rd while Totara Ave is transformed into a pedestrian-oriented space.

Jazial Crossley
Mon, 27 Sep 2010
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