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Ormiston town centre on track

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• Howick and Pakuranga Times

DIFFICULT economic conditions are not expected to delay the development of a new town centre.

David Rankin, chief executive of Auckland Council Property (ACPL), says: “There is no suggestion of a delay.”

ACPL, a council-controlled organisation (CCO), inherited the Flat Bush Town Centre development from Manukau City’s company Tomorrow’s Manukau Properties (TMPL) after the super-city formed.

The project, renamed Ormiston Town Centre by Todd Property Group, will go to the APCL board on October 18 for a decision on a go-ahead.

“Todd is confident there is demand,” Mr Rankin says. “There is no suggestion of a delay. Assuming the project is ticked off, we will work with Todd to present the final plan publicly. The developer will then start moving on to get resource consent and detailed drawings in place.”

The project was taken over by Todd Property last September from Melview Developments after Melview ran into financial difficulty.

Todd changed the name to Ormiston Town Centre because the 20-hectare area, to be integrated with the 94-hectare Barry Curtis Park, will straddle Ormiston Road and relate to nearby schools.

Ormiston Senior College is already open on Ormiston Road, while junior high and primary schools are scheduled for 2013.



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