Published 12 January 2009
Melview Developments Ltd managing director Nigel McKenna issued a statement today rejecting a newspaper story suggesting delays to the commercial element of the Flat Bush town centre because of the economic downturn.
An NZ Herald story said Manukau City Council had decided to delay a library, pool & recreation centre because of the recession, its planners were reviewing the masterplan and the development would become riskier without these elements to attract housebuyers.
Mr McKenna said Melview’s Flat Bush town centre project was on schedule: "We completed the initial draft concept plan public consultation in November last year and we are now going through the initial concept, finetuning things so we can proceed to complete the overall design by the end of this year as envisaged."
He said reports that the commercial development – unrelated to civic developments in the area – might be delayed by economic circumstances, were unfounded: “"It is important not to confuse the commercial development of the Flat Bush town centre with any budgetary or long-term planning issues which may be before the Manukau City Council.
"These are quite separate to the commercial development of the town centre, which will be carried out by Melview Developments.
"Comments about the 10-year plan for Manukau should not be interpreted as affecting the Flat Bush town centre for which Melview Developments has the commercial responsibility."
19 November 2008: Melview seeks public views on Flat Bush town centre draft masterplan
31 October 2008: Flat Bush masterplan unveiled on 13 November
7 October 2007: Manukau signs Melview up for Flat Bush
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Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.