Why do business here?
THE AVONDALE ADVANTAGE
If you’re looking for a solid commercial property investment or to establish a thriving new business, Avondale Mainstreet may tick all your boxes.
If you don't live here, you may not be aware what a great place Avondale is. Seldom do you find a community that is so identified with its neighbourhood – residents have a great sense of ownership of Avondale and are eager to proudly support local endeavour.
Sitting on the edge of the inner city, real estate is changing hands at a rate of knots and younger families with higher disposable incomes are flooding into the area. Coupled with a global movement towards hyper-localism, the Avondale Community is primed to spend money in the mainstreet - on businesses providing modern, high-quality offerings.
When it opened in 2018, Browne St Café quickly became a local favourite. It was the first to inject a contemporary eatery option into Avondale, and it has been rewarded with consistent patronage.
Avondale Dental - owned by Amy White, Tim Little and Victor Young (above) - was established in Avondale some 30 years ago by Tim with Victor joining a few years later. Its owners chose recently to reinvest in Avondale by creating a purpose-built, state-of-the art dental clinic, now one of the most modern and well equipped in the country.
“At the time we decided to move to larger premises, we had a sufficiently-sized and loyal patient base to be able to set up anywhere in Auckland,” says Victor Young, “so it was important for us to ask whether we wanted to stay in Avondale and the answer was a resounding ‘yes.’”
Working from the suburbs and with economy of scale, Avondale Dental is able to offer fair and reasonable prices while providing patients with highly-trained staff and world-class treatment.
NEW AVONDALE LIBRARY & COMMUNITY HUB
Council's property arm, Eke Panuku Developments, has identified Avondale as an area of major opportunity. It is revitalising and intensifying Avondale over a 15 year timeframe including development of a street-front community centre with a dig date of 2023.
With the design component of the above centre now complete, the great concrete eye-sore known as “the old 3 Guys” site at 1925 Great North Road has been up for sale and a development partner will be announced in February 2022. As we say goodbye to the Avondale Welcome sign and our much-love graffiti wall, we will say hello to residential housing (presumably apartments) with commercial/retail space along Great North Road.
CRAYFORD STREET WEST
With preliminary work now completed by Vector and Chorus, Panuku is free to move ahead with its scaled back Crayford Street upgrade. The upgrade will comprise safety changes to benefit Avondale Primary as well as provide better connectivity between the town centre and train station:
• Extra lighting to make it safer to walk from the train station.
• Pedestrian crossings to make it safer for children to cross and easier to get to Taste Cafe.
• Adding some curb, etc. for greater safety for the school.
We will find out in December if work is to proceed in January 2022.
Property developer Mark Todd, co-founder of celebrated Ockham Developments, confidently predicted: "Avondale is going to be the next Kingsland."
Ockham Residential developed the Set apartments at 26 Racecourse Parade in 2019. It has since purchased land on the corner of Great North and Ash Street to develop the exciting Aroha residential complex - 117 apartments – 47 of which will be set aside for KiwiBuild buyers. This is currently under construction with an expected completion date of late 2022.
Roomie Apartment Hotel at 3-7 Layard Street opened its doors early y2020. With a range of stylish studio accommodation, it was set to make a splash in Avondale until Covid hit.
The hotel was quickly assumed for social housing, but post the Covid crisis, we can expect the hotel to make a huge impact on Avondale's economic development.
One of the key projects of Kāinga Ora in the regeneration of Avondale town centre is a new housing development for older people known as Highbury Triangle currently being built.
The development, located between Great North Road and Community Lane, will include 236 homes, which will predominately be made up of a state housing complex for older people, alongside a component of market homes and commercial space.
It will be contained within five apartment buildings, spanning six to eight levels. Four of the apartment blocks, or 81 percent of the development, will be retained for state housing. These homes enable tenants to live independently, or with some assistance, as required.
Highbury Triangle was initially expected to be completed by mid-2022.
Plaza Developments’ Nordic Apartments at 1843 Great North Road – a neighbour to the above – will house 36 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Its construction will begin in March 2022 and is due for completion in the second quarter of 2024.
STREET PAVERS PROJECT
A project by Auckland Transport and Whau Local Board to replace the renown "slippery pavers" in Avondale Mainstreet is in progress. Stage II is set to be completed early 2022. The work includes upgrades of the street lighting and bike stands. Stage III will be completed with the development of the new Community Centre and Library Hub.
Additional to the above overlapping projects, Auckland transport will be making big waves in our neighborhood.
It will introduce a pedestrian crossing at the Mobil station and raise the pedestrian crossing by The Hollywood beginning February 2022.
It will confirm its proposed safety improvements in Ash and Rata streets which includes speed reduction measures, refuge crossing islands and traffic light-controlled crossings.
And construction will begin and be completed in 2023 on several major changes being introduced to the Rosebank Road corridor to help traffic flow.
Further to the Messara Report that recommended changes to the horse racing industry in 2018, the Avondale Jockey Club committee has asked members to agree to close the West Auckland Track in 2026. While the decision is not cemented, the sale of such a massive piece of local land will undoubtedly impact the local economy.
No doubt, room will be made for much-needed further housing, but the site would also be suitable for the aquatic and recreation facility promised to West Auckland in Council’s Long Term Plan, for which a suitable space has been sought.
Further to her comments at the ABA AGM, it is clear Whau Ward Councilor, Tracy Mulholland is keeping this project on the table to ensure it becomes a possibility sooner rather than later.
Avondale is a Central Auckland suburb just 9km from the bustling and vibrant CBD. It offers excellent public transport options with a train station just a few minutes’ walk from the mainstreet and a thoroughfare for the major bus routes.
Its Rosebank commercial/industrial district with 500 odd businesses offers employment opportunities for some 8000 workers and it is nestled between the SH20 and SH16 motorway routes for ready access to the city and airport.
Additionally, we have a Whau Ward Councilor, Whau Local Board and Avondale Business Association each supportive of, and collaborating towards boosting economic development in Avondale.
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