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Formerly known as Flat Bush Town Centre, the new plan by Todd Property Group Ltd promises to be unique. The master plan has been finalised and its staged construction is likely to begin in the first half of 2013. The town centre will cover 19 hectares of land on the eastern side of the Ormiston Bridge and will be developed into an “integrated” town centre complete with housing, retail outlets, commercial property and community facilities including an aquatic centre and library. The project is estimated to carry a $500 million price tag and is expected to be completed between 2019 and 2022. Todd Property managing director Evan Davies says when finished the town centre will look completely different to other recently developed areas in Auckland.

The greenfields development means instead of building around existing structures and infrastructure a whole new plan could be embarked upon. ”It’s a unique opportunity to set a new benchmark,” he says. The development will include between 500 and 700 medium density houses likely to be priced in the $500,000 to $600,000 range. The model of vast structures surrounded by a sea of carparks is no longer what people are asking for, Mr Davies says. ”We’ll attempt to create a version of the old neighbourhood centres scattered around Auckland – it will be a 21st century version of the Mt Eden village.”











 
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Shaping a community

It's one of New Zealand's fastest growing areas and Norman Sutton is keen to make sure a community is built along with the houses that are popping up. The Botany and Flat Bush area of East Auckland is experiencing rapid growth with the population expected to reach 40,000 in coming years. Mr Sutton - a recent arrival himself - is the new chairman of the area's residents' and ratepayers' association and says it is an exciting time to be settling into a new area. But it will be some years before the area has all the facilities more established communities enjoy. Plans for the Ormiston Town Centre include a community hall, library and arts centre but Mr Sutton says it will be seven or eight years before those are built.

He says the foundations of a strong community need to be established sooner rather than later. "There's an opportunity here to build a community and put in place some services that fit the needs of a quite distinct group of people," he says. "It's very diverse and very multicultural and has quite a distinct demographic compared with other parts of Auckland. "It's a unique area." Mr Sutton's first initiative is to find out what residents are thinking and where they see improvements could be made. "We will be sending out a survey through the schools. "We're hoping to find out what the community is looking for," he says. And in the absence of a hall Ormiston Senior College, where Mr Sutton is property manager, is offering its facilities as a "hub" for the community.

"The whole point is there's no community centre so in the meantime the school is keen to put out the welcome mat for the community and become a focal point. "It lends itself so well, it's such an amazing facility." He says the Howick Local Board and the school are behind the idea. College principal Maurie Jackways says being a part of the wider community was always a strategic goal. "Particularly for the parents, but also wider than that," he says. "It's partly because there is nothing else in the community, but so people can see us not as how a school used to be but also a welcoming place." The college has a 250-seat theatre, tennis courts, open-plan spaces and a huge outdoor courtyard which could all be utilised by community groups, Mr Sutton says. Residents keen to get in touch with Mr Sutton can email him at [email protected].
 
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Public have been asked for their views regarding the new Ormiston Community Centre and library (would be nice to get a better render but I don't think that the plans have been finalised as yet) ...

 
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Preparing for the Flat Bush explosion

Flat Bush is one of New Zealand’s highest growth areas, with a population expected to hit at least 40,000 by 2025. Auckland Council says it’s the country’s largest and most comprehensively planned new town – and it has to be given it will soon be home to a population comparable to Nelson. Harcourts Flat Bush owner Les Hoverd says the forecast growth is the reason he chose to start a real estate business in the area. Les says it is exciting to be at the forefront of the transformation planned for Auckland, where multi-storey living will soon become a way of life for many. As well as traditional suburban homes, Flat Bush is zoned for eight storey buildings. A 19 hectare town centre is also planned, with construction expected to begin next year. “It is going to be one of the hubs of south Auckland. Close to central Auckland, but a thriving town centre in its own right,” Les says. In preparation for the growth, Les has hired a team of 12 sales consultants, who are familiarising themselves with plans for the area and the properties already available. The planned Flat Bush development could not come at a better time, with the latest Harcourts' figures showing there is a massive shortage in the number of properties available to people desperate to buy. In Auckland there has been a 16.7% drop in the number of properties for sale in the past 12 months. Resultantly buyers are now prepared to pay more than ever, with a 6% increase in the average house prices since May 2012. Until recently Les was based in Papakura, where he ran a successful property management business ... MORE
 

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Stage one of the Ormiston Town Centre opened in December - just one building initially, with most of the space taken up by Pak 'N Save and a few small shops and offices. Aerial photo from March 2016:
Aerial Mar 2016 by John Polkinghorne, on Flickr

This is only a small part of the master plan, below:
Master Plan by John Polkinghorne, on Flickr

Pak 'N Save:
20160427_102401 by John Polkinghorne, on Flickr

On the other side of Ormiston Rd, Fletcher Living is completing the first stage of 63 townhouses/ terraces - eventually there could be around 900 homes in the town centre itself. Didn't get any photos of those sorry.
 

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just far away enough to make walking a bit of a chore.

How about a proper grid and putting the parking at the back? Is that asking too much?

Ormiston Road will be the 'back' of the development. The main pedestrian streets are going to be to the immediate north and two streets west of Pak'n'Save. Having the car park where it is means traffic can access parking easily without having to circulate on streets that will otherwise be primarily for walking and cycling, and public transport
 

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Ormiston Road will be the 'back' of the development. The main pedestrian streets are going to be to the immediate north and two streets west of Pak'n'Save. Having the car park where it is means traffic can access parking easily without having to circulate on streets that will otherwise be primarily for walking and cycling, and public transport
I mean more from the residential aspect - it seems weird to have the 'town center' as far away as possible from where people live - that's the source of your walking and cycling, after all. I understand your point and it's the best outcome of the current situation, but it just highlights the poor design that led to it being the best outcome.
 

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I see your point, but I think that the town centre will relate better to the higher density apartments which will be two and three blocks to the west of the housing in the photo above. Here the north-south pedestrian lane and the buildings fronting it will come all the way to the frontage on Ormiston Rd, directly opposite the apartments. This will give them a more urban feeling, while the seperate on the housing in the photo has (due to the car parking) will help give it a more suburban character. I think it's a fairly good outcome. Not the best, sure, but definitely not the worst ��
 

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Ah perhaps I'm misreading - is pink's 'mixed use' implying residential also? I just blindly assumed only 'residential' was residential and just stuck mixed use into the category of retail+office space. Hopefully you're right, might be interesting!
 

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I was referring to the two residential areas to the south of Ormiston Rd, west of the green 'commercial' area (which will include a medical centre). These two areas will have high-density apartments (6 to 8 stories), with ground floor retail. The 'mixed use' areas on the map I'm not totally sure about, but I believe they are intended to include some housing, too :)
 
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