Architectural planning looks set to get under way early this year for a new shopping and commercial centre in Paraparaumu.
After about 30 years of negotiation and lengthy dispute, a 5.11-hectare cattle paddock, opposite Coastlands Mall in Rimu Rd, is officially back in the hands of Ngahina Trust after the Kapiti Coast District Council sold it to the trust for $2.4 million.
The council bought the land from the trust in the 80s for road and civic purposes.
Three years ago the trust won a legal claim to have it offered back because it was no longer needed for public works.
The trust and Coastlands owner Alpha Corporation have a 50:50 partnership in the town-centre development zoned for retail-commercial development, including apartments above shops, and civic and community development.
Coastlands chairman Richard Mansell said he planned to use an Australian-based architectural designer to come up with a master plan for the development, which would feature small shops lining both sides of Rimu Rd.
The development would probably start with small pockets of shops.
According to the plan, there could be one large store supporting smaller ones, as well as offices and multi-storey car parking.
Resource consent is needed before construction can begin.
Development is also well under way at Kapiti Landing business park in Kapiti Rd, next to Kapiti Coast Airport, with a New World supermarket, Kitchen Things and Smiths City stores opening in the past year.
A new "auto-cluster" is being developed, with a car dealership, mechanic and service station under construction.
- The Dominion Post
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