The new Ormiston Town Centre plan.
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.” I personally love the sound of that.