Eke Panuku Development Auckland has signed a sale and development agreement for a 1.58-hectare development block in Avondale town centre to Marutūāhu-Ockham Group, marking a significant milestone for the regeneration of this vibrant city fringe neighbourhood.
With easy access to transport links, the development of this central site is destined to offer more than 500 homes directly adjoining the future site of Auckland Council’s eagerly anticipated multimillion-dollar investment in a new town square, multi-purpose library and community facility, as well as provide new retail and commercial premises along the site’s Great North Road edge.
As the city’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku is tasked to lead the regeneration of Avondale enabling homes, community spaces and better transport connections.
The 1.58-hectare development block comprises two large sites at 6 and 10 Racecourse Parade which Eke Panuku has sold together.
The first, known locally as ‘the 3 Guys site’ has been bare for many years. Following recent negotiations to purchase the adjacent site at 10 Racecourse Parade from Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Eke Panuku has been able to take both to the market as one larger site allowing for a significant development opportunity.
Eke Panuku Priority Location Director - West, John Carter, says “Through collaborating with our partners such as Kāinga Ora, we can deliver an outcome for this neighbourhood that otherwise would not have been possible. These sites are part of a programme of residential development in central Avondale which has been supported through strategic land acquisition. We have been able to assemble a site of scale that can deliver well designed homes and commercial spaces right in the centre of Avondale.”
Mayor Phil Goff says the regeneration of central Avondale is much needed and long overdue. “For years, sites such as the one once occupied by 3 Guys have been left vacant, creating an atmosphere of neglect,” he says.
Marutūāhu-Ockham Group’s Mark Todd says, “Our plans propose eight buildings of differing heights and configurations, featuring sustainable homes to a minimum of a 6 Homestar rating with integrated outdoor spaces for residents and a public walkway joining to the new town square. We look forward to working further with other key community leaders to bring this key site to life as we have done with our other Avondale developments.”
Whau Local Board Chair Kay Thomas says, “The community has been keenly awaiting an update on the future of this site and I am thrilled that Eke Panuku has secured a development partner with the vision to help unlock the potential of this central location.”
Whau Ward Councillor Tracy Mulholland added “This announcement really underlines why Council’s investment in key infrastructure is so important in our communities. Our commitment to the ongoing regeneration of the Avondale town centre with the new Library and Community Hub and town square shows that with the right infrastructure other partners will be encouraged to work with us to develop the Avondale of the future.”
Marcus Amosa, chair of the Avondale Business Association says “I couldn’t think of a better outcome for Avondale. This announcement is the result of public and private sector organisations collaboratively working together for the best outcome. The 3 Guys site has been an eyesore in Avondale that has cut our mainstreet in half for over 20 years. This announcement today will finally reconnect both sides of Avondale's mainstreet retail strip and inject new life into our town centre.
“Avondale is such a unique and creative place. With all of us working together with a shared vision, this will enhance all the features that we love as well as bring new elements into our neighbourhood. It's great to see that Eke Panuku has chosen a development partner with a track record in Avondale and a reputation for high quality developments. Really excited about this one."
The development block does not include the corner site at 1907 Great North Road, owned and operated by Kings Foodmart.