The explosive growth spurt in Silverdale sees developments worth many hundreds of millions racing through construction.
New retailers to the area will include The Warehouse, Bunnings, Pak'nSave and Countdown.
The mega stores will line the horizon, along with a Southern Cross Healthcare Hospital, a knowledge and economy-zoned business complex called Silverstone, 150 retail stores in a new town centre area, and a smaller retail zone in the Millwater development.
Millwater, with an estimated 3000 houses being built in stages, will link Silverdale to Grand Drive in Orewa via two bridges under construction.
Silverdale is one of Auckland's top five areas of significant development, Auckland Council strategic transformation projects leader James Copley says.
Millwater will house more than 10,000 people.
A mixture of low, medium and high density homes will be built during the next decade on more than 300 hectares.
Millwater will consist of five communities named after the original farms – Bonair, Ridgedale, Arran Hills, Arran Pt and Seaview, which is where stage one is located.
Arran Hills, on the Orewa side, will be the last Millwater area developed but Millwater marketing manager Warren Frogley says it will be a prime spot next to the Orewa Estuary.
A retail zone within Millwater, adjacent to Silverdale North Primary School, is also running through the last consent stages, expected to be approved in August.
Millwater's retail complex will include about 50 shops, cafes and small businesses in a two-level block, with the top level offices.
Retail zone building should start early next year.
Mr Frogley says the property market seems to be bouncing back a little.
"Naturally the recession had an effect on the property market.
"We have had pretty consistent interest with around 50 to 60 people coming through Millwater every weekend. So there hasn't been a lack of interest.
But what we've been finding is people are relying on their houses to sell before they can purchase, and that has been slow going," he says.Around 300 sites have been released for sale with about 230 sold. Another 39 sites will be released later this month.
Millwater will also be opening a connecting road to Wainui Rd in a couple of months.
Work being done on Metro Park East recreation park, next to the Millwater site, includes the development of carparks and field preparations.
Metro Park West has still to be developed.
The knowledge and economy-zoned area that was being developed by Cornerstone Group's Rick Martin, called Silverstone was sold last month.
The 53.3 hectare site along State Highway 1 between the Wainui Rd overbridge and old Silverdale township was on the international market for tender since February.
Real estate agent Michael Pleciak says the vendor and purchaser don't want to be named at this stage.
Mr Copley says the idea behind the knowledge economy zone is a clean, "high-tech campus" environment lending itself to white-collar offices and activities.
"The buildings will be architecturally designed and a lot of thought will go into the presentation and landscaping," he says.
The site is zoned and a fully operational plan has 11 separate titles.
Bayleys lists possible uses as industry, offices, research institutes, showrooms, child care, cafes up to 100 square metres, educational facilities, health and welfare services, commercial centres or conference centres.
Silverdale town centre is getting an overhaul from Mainstay Development.
The new main town centre will run behind the Northern Arena swim centre and in the block between Millwater Parkway and Silverdale St.
Harcourts agent Geoff Thorne says the development has a concept plan approved by the Auckland Council. Construction of the first building, a gateway to the zone, will start in a few weeks.
"That first area will have specialist food stores, golf shops, a hairdresser, and two office spaces are available."
Stage one next to the Northern Arena will include a four-storey building for a bank, retail store and offices. Building is expected to start within three months.
Retail stores will line the main streets and the centre will feature an outdoor dining and entertainment area, underground parking facilities, and a pedestrian friendly layout. Two blocks of about 40 residential apartments will also be constructed within the zone. There is space for a mall to be developed later.
"The whole area has a three to five-year completion date and is a $130 million to $140m project," Mr Thorne says.
Next door, construction has begun on the 24,000 square metre The Warehouse retail centre and adjoining Countdown supermarket. Around 30 retail tenancies will also be created, with a number of negotiations under way, The Warehouse project development manager Paul Hudson says.
"A number of national retail tenants together with several food operators will be on the site.
"The retail hub will service Silverdale, Millwater and the wider Orewa/Whangaparaoa area catchment's shopping requirements, and we believe that it will be an attraction for more people to live in this area."
Main access to The Warehouse retail centre will be via Silverdale St.
Southern Cross Hospitals is developing a private hospital and medical centre on the corner of Hibiscus Coast Highway and Millwater Parkway, beside Northern Arena.
The facility will encompass a range of health services to complement Silverdale Medical's general practice and is planned to include private surgical hospital facilities.
The hospital and medical facility will contain a general practitioner service, day surgery theatres, recovery suites, physiotherapy, medical specialists, optometrists and a pharmacy.
- Rodney Times
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