New Lynn became the first place outside of the CBD to get a shared space in the form of an upgraded Totara Ave West after Clark St was extended over the rail line to take through traffic away from the shopping area. It is now set to get its second shared street in the form of an upgrade to McCrae Way which is currently behind the shops but is intended to allow for other developments to eventually bring it to life. This shared space will result in a reduction in the number of carparks in the area it travels through but don’t get to excited about that just yet because in AT’s words it “will be more than made up for by the construction of a new public parking building at 30 Totara Avenue”
That public car parking building is part of a joint venture between the council and Infratil a new mixed use building of which part will b ea 299 public car park but also include other things will include a medical centre as well as commercial and retail space, both of these projects are due to start shortly for completion by the end of the year.
You can read AT’s full press release on it here
Here is some images from the consultation document that AT produced as to what it may look like. you can see the medical centre and carpark (the station is at the bottom left of the image under the text). There are also two new lanes that will be created, one on either side of the car park.
One thing I am not sure on is where the cars will exit to, will it be onto the shared space or onto Totora Ave
And some photos of the planned medical centre and car park (this is looking west with the station as the grey image to the left
And the car park by itself
Lastly for those that haven’t seen it before, here is an image from some time ago of the plans for New Lynn, I wonder if these new buildings have been designed to be able to be made taller in the future? New Lynn is planned to be one of the key development areas for the council following the plans to rejuvenate the area by the former Waitakere City Council of which the awesome new station was the first stage.