Kapiti Landing's business park has outlined plans for its second stage of development, at a cost of up to $20 million.
The park, in Kapiti Rd alongside the airport, has lodged resource consent applications for 10 new buildings, including a retail-commercial block; a service station; and a central hub featuring offices and shops, restaurants and bars, and a covered boulevard area for a weekly farmers' market.
The hub buildings will have a glass roof to provide protection from the weather. Kapiti Aero Club will be shifted to a new building on the southern side of the airport, as its Kapiti Rd frontage is upgraded and landscaped.
The first stage of the development was a 7800-square-metre Mitre 10 megastore, which opened in March 2011, and a complex incorporating a New World supermarket, Kitchen Things and Smiths City.
New World is due to open in three or four weeks, and the other two stores within two months.
Kapiti Landing chairman Sir Noel Robinson said interest was keen and negotiations were under way with companies to lease the proposed office-retail space.
He believed the fast-growing business park, coupled with expanding services at Kapiti Coast Airport and the proposed development of the Kapiti Expressway, would "revolutionise" the coast and boost local employment.
He described the design of the central hub and farmers' market area as "funky" and relaxed. A theme of long, low buildings featuring natural timber on the exteriors set behind sand-dune landscaping along Kapiti Rd would create a low-key, relaxed ambience.
At the airport, a taxiway will be lengthened by about 250 metres along the western side of the main runway. An obsolete runway will be resealed to provide taxiway access to the new Kapiti Aero Club building and a cluster of new corporate hangars and buildings.
The southern end of the business park will be linked to Ihakara St when traffic volumes justify it.
Todd Property became the major shareholder in the airport and business park last year, and in May announced a $1 billion, 10-year "master plan" to create up to 8000 jobs at Kapiti Landing.
AIRLINE TO EXPAND KAPITI SERVICE
Air New Zealand is expanding its services on the Kapiti Coast with new daily flights between Paraparaumu and Christchurch to start in November.
The new service will be operated by Air NZ subsidiary Air Nelson, providing more than 36,000 seats a year between Paraparaumu and Christchurch.
The flights, due to start on November 4, would offer a morning departure from Paraparaumu from Monday to Saturday, with a returning service from Christchurch in the afternoon. Air NZ currently operates daily flights between Paraparaumu and Auckland.
Air Nelson general manager Sarah Williamson said research had shown a clear demand for additional services from Kapiti, with the highest local demand being for Christchurch.
Christchurch International Airport chief executive Jim Boult said economic stimulation in Canterbury, because of the rebuild, had already resulted in increased travel demand between the two regions.
Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan said the new service was fantastic news. "This will connect families, stimulate business and increase the appeal of Kapiti as a tourist destination and place to live."
- The Dominion Post
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