Orewa to get tidy-up
Dirty shop windows, loose pavers, broken kerbing, exposed irrigation pipes around trees and scruffy shop rears need an overhaul to turn Orewa into a desirable destination.
A town walkabout organised by Ship and Anchor owners Mark and Cheryl Norris on Tuesday morning revealed the tired and scruffy condition of a number of shops and public areas.
The group is tasked by Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Hellen Hyndman to check where improvements are needed.
Windows need cleaning, along with fresh paint and some repairs. Several shop rears are scruffy and untidy, and asphalt needs upgrading in some areas behind shops.
The Orewa Boulevard entry for motorists and visitors coming from the south is untidy. There is a lack of cohesion in some shop fronts, and bark has gone around trees along footpaths exposing irrigation pipes. Tree lights are broken and there is a lack of rubbish bins in some areas.
The group passed Fulton Hogan street cleaner Andrew Botica who says more emphasis needs to be on the beachfront.
"If there were reserves across the road rather than houses, more visitors would enjoy the beach outlook from cafes," Mr Botica says.
Mrs Norris says the Auckland Council needs to take the lead with a number of the issues.
Albany Ward councillor candidate Brent Robinson joined the walkabout and says the problem is many landlords and shopowners don't know if areas are being demolished, creating uncertainty.
"Owners need certainty and a precinct plan is needed."
Certainty could be on the way with Barfoot & Thompson buying a block of shops on Hibiscus Coast Highway with tenants including BikeMe, Red Door Studios, Subway and Times FM, from the Cornerstone Group.
"Our plans for the block will be some upgrading work. We want to tidy it up and give tenants long-term leases," Barfoot & Thompson building manager Charles Smith says.
"There were always demo clauses in the leases so there wasn't a lot of maintenance done on the buildings. We will be leaving it at its current height and have no plans of building it up at this stage."
The Orewa branch of the real estate firm is in the block and will be extending the shop, and "making it pretty".
Major changes are on the horizon for the former "Mad Butcher block" in Orewa's town centre.
Block owners, commercial property developers Finstar, have plans to develop the site, with an announcement expected next month.
Most tenancies in the block only have a year or two left, with one of the longest expiring in 2016. Short-term leases and demolition clauses for the block have caused retailers anxiety.
The Rodney Times believes another block of shops on Hibiscus Coast Highway, which includes the site the ASB Bank is leasing, has been bought.
That block will welcome newcomers Deep Creek Brewery bar and restaurant next to Ray White.
Deep Creek co-owner Jarred MacLachlan says the "hand crafted beer experience" will also include food and beer matching, and regular live music.
"Our aim is to be open in November."
Nearby Malt ‘n' Steak bar on Moana Ave, is understood to have sold and is expected to reopen as Muldoon's Irish Bar or similar.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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