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New Lynn growth gets the go ahead

1 August 2011

New Lynn growth gets the go ahead

The Environment Court has issued a decision that will see the continued regeneration of New Lynn bringing with it construction jobs, over 7,000 m2 of commercial floor space, and facilities for the community including a two level medical centre and covered public parking.

Auckland Council has been given the go-ahead to acquire private land in order to continue to progress the project that has already delivered the award-winning underground train station and soon-to-be opened Totara Avenue shared space and Clark Street extension.

Positioned opposite the New Lynn transport centre, the joint venture between Auckland Council and Infratil Infrastructure Property Limited (who own the balance of the development site) will now start in October.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse said she is pleased council now has the green light to keep delivering the vision for New Lynn.

“The Court has confirmed that the council has acted in a fair, sound and reasonable manner and now the focus is back on the urban regeneration of New Lynn,” said Penny Hulse.

Whau Local Board Chair, Derek Battersby said the development of this area is an exciting part of the regeneration project for New Lynn as signalled in the New Lynn Urban Plan.

“These new buildings will be located in what will become New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter, which will provide new shopping, entertainment and community facilities for local residents, as well as jobs.

“The newly opened transport centre is located nearby and is already assisting in making New Lynn an increasingly popular location for people to live and work,” said Derek Battersby.

Infratil Infrastructure Property Limited chief executive Peter Coman said the company was pleased to be working with Auckland Council on such a significant project for the New Lynn community.

Works on the development will be completed by late 2012.

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