The regeneration of Northcote is already well underway:
- Many new homes have been built by Kāinga Ora.
- Te Ara Awataha is partially open.
- Greenslade Reserve has been upgraded as a stormwater detention park.
- The Ministry of Education has upgraded Onepoto Primary School and the new classrooms at Northcote Intermediate are about to be opened.
Another exciting development is planned – a new town centre for Northcote.
What is the vision for the new town centre?
In 2007, North Shore City Council established the vision:
To deliver a lively and welcoming heart where community, culture and business thrives, and everyone’s needs are met.
What will the new town centre look like?
The town centre will include new shops, eateries, offices, apartments, laneways, a town square, a larger supermarket, a new main street connection, an upgraded multi-purpose community hub (incorporating the existing heritage-listed library building) and an upgrade to Cadness Reserve.
Northcote town centre timeline
2016 - 2019
- High-level plans developed.
2018 - 2022
- Eke Panuku purchase town centre buildings.
- Working with partners, Te Ara Awataha partially complete to help with flooding of town centre (as well as many other benefits)
- Master plan for town centre and community facilities completed
2023 - 2024
- Agree designs for new community hub (incorporating existing library building).
- Design extension of Ernie Mays St to Lake Road.
- Seek a development partner/s to build new town centre.
2025 - 2027
- Construction of new community hub and extension of Ernie Mays St.
- Development partner/s appointed. Detailed designs developed for new town centre.
2027 - 2037
- Town centre constructed in stages.
- From 2029, the first of new shops, eateries, and new homes completed.
Considerable work has already been undertaken. From 2018 to earlier in 2023, we worked with the owners to purchase all the buildings in the town centre, so the whole area can be redeveloped.
2023 – 2024
- Design of the new community hub to be agreed (incorporating the existing library building).
- Design extension of Ernie Mays street to Lake Road.
- See a development partner/s to build the new town centre.
2025 – 2027
Work will be completed to enable the town centre development to go ahead, including:
- Extending Ernie Mays Street from College Road to Lake Road – this will become the main street in the town centre and the public transport hub.
- Building an upgraded multi-purpose community hub and upgrading Cadness Reserve.
- Seeking a development partner/s to build the new town centre.
2027 - 2037
The town centre will be constructed in stages. From 2029, the first of new shops, eateries, and new homes will be completed. Te Ara Awataha – Northcote’s new greenway will also be extended around the edge of the new town centre.
Who will build the new town centre?
In the second half of 2023, we start to find a development company(s) to help us develop the new town centre. Included as part of the conditions of purchase are a set of essential outcomes that the developer will need to be deliver. This includes community and sustainability requirements, such as effective stormwater infrastructure, sustainable transport connections and providing a range of shops.
We will stay involved throughout the town centre’s development - partnering and managing the overall design and construction, and ensuring all the outcomes are achieved.
With the current economic climate, it could take two years or more to appoint a development partner(s). Once appointed, more detailed design work will start.
Para Kore/Zero Waste
Northcote is a Zero Waste community, and the new town centre development will be our largest Para Kore/Zero Waste project to date. The aim is to incorporate regenerative values and principles, developed in partnership with mana whenua, to deliver a town centre that restores and enhances the natural environment.
Effective stormwater management
This will be critical to the development, to minimise flooding and improve water quality. This will include new infrastructure, maintaining and extending Te Ara Awataha and introducing other water treatment devices, such as rain gardens.
Future car parking
This is an integral part of the new town centre design. The design will be developed once the new development partner(s) is appointed.
A larger supermarket
The existing Countdown supermarket will continue to trade at least until a new larger supermarket in the new town centre is open. The aim is for continuity of service.
Library and community services
These services will be temporarily rehoused nearby while the new community hub is constructed.
Unlocking the potential of Northcote requires working in partnership. We will continue to collaborate with mana whenua, Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities, Kaipātiki Local Board, the wider council family, the Business Association, and the local community, including the local schools.
Disruption during construction
The intention is that there will always be shops and eateries retained during the staged construction of the new town centre, to maintain the vibrancy of Northcote. This will mean some of the current buildings will remain open while new ones are being built.
Our aim is to reduce the impact of construction as much as possible but there will be inevitable disruption while the new town centre is being built. We will keep people informed about what this will look like nearer the time.
Other projects in Northcote
- In Progress
12/06/2023 - 30/06/2024
- In Progress
- In Progress
15/11/2017 - 31/12/2027