The Merchant Quarter will be the heart of the new New Lynn.
In phase one, the land opposite the New Lynn transport interchange was developed to feature a 299-space public car parking building and 7000 square metres of commercial and retail space, including a new medical centre.
Phase two of the Merchant Quarter - Merchant Square - should be completed by December 2014.
Merchant Square will be a new public space complementing the existing Memorial Square and offering exciting new public dining and entertainment options.
The historic building at No 22 Totara will be restored and incorporated into a new mixed use development.
McCorquindale Lane, named after a former Mayor of New Lynn, will connect McCrae Way to Totara Ave completing a new, pedestrian friendly roading network.
Phase three is still in the planning stages. The developments already underway open up many possibilities. Auckland Council and its partners are considering options for the site behind the New Lynn Library, including cinemas, offices, residential and mixed-use developments.
The development of McCrae Way has transformed a tired and under-utilised back street into an important shared-space.
The area, located behind the New Lynn War Memorial Library, is a key part of New Lynn’s urban regeneration and provides connections to Great North Road and Totara Avenue.
The development of the area also allows new investment opportunities in central New Lynn, as well as a safe and attractive environment for residents, visitors and workers.
Delivered by Auckland Transport, the slow-speed, pedestrian-friendly zone has similar design elements to the shared space in Totara Avenue West and includes a new urban 'Merchant Square’. It will also serve the new commercial, retail and residential developments built by Auckland Council and Infratil between Totara Avenue and McCrae Way.
This new development features 7,000m2 of commercial floor space, including a three-level medical centre (pictured) and a four-level, 299-space public parking building with ground floor retail.
“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,” he said. 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.