NZ Urban Development News - 3 July


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 3 July 2018.

KiwiBuild kicks off with up to 400 homes in Northcote


Up to 400 affordable homes will be built in the Auckland suburb of Northcote under the KiwiBuild programme, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today.

This announcement comes on the eve of the KiwiBuild home count officially starting on Sunday July 1 – where homes built under the programme will count towards the Government’s official target of 1000 homes by June 2019, 5000 homes by June 2020 and 10,000 homes by June 2021.

The mid-year start date was designed before Labour came to office to allow the new Government to set up the structure and processes needed for New Zealand’s largest state-backed house building programme in generations. It has also allowed the KiwiBuild Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to do the groundwork required for such a major programme, including engaging with developers and setting price caps.

New DoubleTree Hilton hotel to open in Karaka in 2020


A $30 million Hilton hotel is set to open its doors in Karaka in 2020.

The 120-room building will be located at New Zealand Bloodstock's sales centre, on the corner of Hingaia Rd and Hinau Rd, next to the Southern Motorway, and managed by DoubleTree by Hilton.

Work on the new build will start in the third quarter of this year.

Legal strategist delays Auckland Council asset sales in affluent Takapuna

A concerned resident has temporarily stopped Auckland Council from selling off public assets in affluent Takapuna - at least for six weeks.

Through High Court action, legal strategist Miriam Clements obtained an undertaking from Auckland Council to not finalise sales of a range of car parks and properties in Takapuna until her legal review in six weeks. The review focuses on the legality of the council's plan to sell or develop a central Takapuna car park, as well as a other assets.

"Should justice eventually prevail to protect the public's substantive rights to own, use and enhance these legacy land assets in perpetuity, then this order prevents any disposals to meet indiscriminate financing targets for council, in the interim and gives us a chance to retain all of these properties permanently," Clements wrote in an email announcing the "good news".

Here come the super-malls: CBD, Newmarket, Sylvia Park expand

Auckland malls are defying the rise of online shopping, with three retail centres being built or expanding simultaneously in projects worth almost $2 billion.

At Commercial Bay in the central city, Precinct Properties is replacing its former waterfront mall with a new shopping centre. Located at the foot of its $941 million PwC Centre, under construction between Quay St, Lower Albert St and Customs St West, that centre is due to open early next year.

In Newmarket, Scentre Group is spending $790m rebuilding and expanding its 277 Westfield to create 7.3ha of indoor floor space. The project will bring Auckland's first David Jones, 230 speciality stores, a new Farmers, Countdown and cinemas, all linked via an airbridge over Mortimer Pass. That opens later next year.

And at Mt Wellington, Kiwi Property has the formwork structure up for the $223m expansion of Sylvia Park, creating a new upper-level galleria for an 8100sq m Farmers, expanding carparking to 5000 spaces and almost finishing a new 10-level, $80m office tower for 1000 people. That expanded shopping centre opens in 2020 as Sylvia Park "pops the roof" to move upstairs with its pedestrian-style main-street format mall which is almost 1km long. 

NZDF Housing in Whenuapai

New Ground has opened 49 new rental homes for New Zealand Defence Force close to the RNZAF air base at Whenuapa. These housing will be leased to the NZDF on a fixed term lease basis.

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