Auckland Council celebrates the birth of its newest town centre tomorrow as Stride Property Ltd (ex-DNZ Property Fund Ltd) opens the first stage of its $155 million NorthWest Shopping Centre at Westgate.
Mayor Len Brown & deputy mayor Penny Hulse will join Upper Harbour MP & Local Government Minister Paula Bennett for a 9am ribbon-cutting ceremony at the mall tomorrow.
The mall, built over the last 18 months, is one part of NZ Retail Property Group Ltd’s wider development masterplan.
It’s ironic that the council should be celebrating the success of collaboration, when so much of the development’s history was affected by non-collaboration – right down to years of the developer using one name, Westgate, which has prevailed over the insistence of councils to call it Massey North.
While the Waitakere City Council supported development – it recognised the need for more business to be based in West Auckland – the Auckland Regional Council was entrenched opposition. But, as I wrote in 2009, “7 years & $26 million of development costs down the track, the 156ha new project has been placed inside the metropolitan urban limits”.
Auckland Council has provided core development infrastructure, including roads, stormwater ponds & an open spaces network. The council’s also providing public amenities – the first completed project is Te Pumanawa, the new town square, and construction of the public library is scheduled to start early next year.
Council city transformation projects manager John Dunshea said yesterday: “The opening of Te Pumanawa & the NorthWest Shopping Centre is a great achievement and is part of the long-term development of the Westgate area. Planning for the town centre development was completed in 2012 after a long process and is a great example of what can be achieved when the council, community & developers work together.”
18 October 2013: Plan change 15 for Westgate & plan change 36 for Waitakeres fully operative Monday
19 December 2008: Expanded Westgate a new Newmarket?
8 March 2010: Council says 435ha MUL shift will create 30,000 jobs
18 November 2009: Opposition pushes Massey North start out 8 years from conception
Attribution: Council release.