New east Auckland retail development a traffic stopper
Traffic congestion is causing problems at a trendy new east Auckland retail precinct.
Orakei Bay Village (OBV) market, located on Orakei Rd in Remuera, partially opened in March. When fully tenanted OBV will include 29 businesses ranging from high end supermarket Farro Fresh to popular craft beer bar and brewery Brothers Beer.
Remuera Residents Association (RRA) chairman Iain Valentine said cars exiting from the retail centre were "significantly" slowing Orakei Rd traffic flows at peak times because the OBV developer had not adequately provided for parking and traffic movement to support the new retail complex.
"Not all shops at OBV are yet fully on-stream, so matters could get worse," Valentine said.
Equinox director and OBV developer Kerry Knight said the retail hub, located in a 50-year-old warehouse adjacent to Orakei Train Station, had been popular in it's first two months of opening, and car park congestion had been a problem.
"I have tried contacting Iain Valentine in order to meet him to reassure RRA that solutions to parking issues were on the way," Knight said.
The centre had two car parking areas available - an upper area situated close to the front doors of the complex with the exit onto Orakei Rd, and a large lower level car park with its own access to Orakei Rd. The upper car park was where congestion and flow were issues, he said.
A complication had been some stores opened in March, while other stores in the complex were still being built, Knight said.
"Being a work in progress definitely created parking problems because retail fitout contractor vehicles took up space in customer allocated parks in the upper car parking area, meaning car park access had been compromised.
"This led to flow problems in and out of the car park on to Orakei Rd," Knight said
The retail fitouts were nearing an end, with one remaining fitout due to be completed in next couple of weeks, he said.
Knight said parking would be monitored from 1 June with short-term metered parking through provider Wilson Parking.
"There will be 50 metered parks in the lower car park and this will take the strain off the upper parking area," Knight said.
Supply trucks making deliveries to OBV retailers throughout the day in the upper car park had also contributed to traffic flow issues, Knight said.
"To minimise disruption, we have talked to the store owners and asked that deliveries be made out of peak times - also we are installing a dedicated loading bay for deliveries so there is only one place to unload from," he said.