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APARTMENTS.  August 2016

Kings Plant Barn moving in January 2017 will free up 1 hectare of absolute water front land ready to build apartments on. This is located at the lower part of our site, while the upper area is home to Orakei Bay Village. With the unitary plan issued and no longer proposed we are working with Auckland Council, Fletchers and Colliers on a master plan for the lower land using the bulk, location, traffic and infrastructure studies utilised for the previous plan change which has now been adopted under the unitary plan.

We hope to have this finalised shortly which will then allow us to apply for a resource consent for our first building.

Every developer promotes every apartment as being the best or ticking all the boxes , but not every developer is building at Orakei Bay Village!  These apartments really do tick every single box:

LOCATION: Remuera/Orakei
OUTLOOK: Over the water
AMENITIES:  Rail station, Orakei Bay Village shops, cycle and walking trails

We are confident the apartments will be extremely popular when they are readied for sale later in the year.  So register your interest now – we are unlikely to have a public launch as the first and best building has only 35 apartments in it.Register for website-01

Contact Elliot Knight | 021 750 009| elliot@eqgroup.co.nz, or Hayley Mckeown 022 301 2055 | hayley@eqgroup.co.nz for more info.

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Orakei Bay Village Retail August 16

Regentrification work  is underway and the first tenant Great Little Vineyards, the rare wine merchants are open for business now.

Farro Fresh fine foods supermarket  is committed and will open in  early 2017.

We are also pleased to have on board Brothers Beer who will house their brewery at Orakei Bay Village, along with an exciting oyster bar concept, as well as Melba Cafe Group who are bringing their Espresso Workshop Roastery to OBV, which will sit alongside a brand new bistro concept.

Various other tenants include a sushi restaurant,  Bowl and Arrows raw kitchen, a Mexican chocolatier, The Botanist floristry, a gym and yoga studio and of course the new look Kings Plant Barn under the building (access is still down the same driveway). We also have a car groomer setting up and are in negotiating stage with gift, clothing and design boutiques.

We are currently seeking small market type tenants also.

So between now and November the majority of tenants will be OFB at OBV (Open For Business @ Orakei Bay Village)

We have also gifted the building to the right as you enter Orakei Bay Village to a group of artists. It has been appropriately decorated, (or graffitied!) and you won’t be able to miss it! Simply called artHAUS, its occupiers consist of 7 different creatives from a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Liam Gerrard

Trish Campbell

Eunoia Publishing

Bing Design

Please do look for the artHAUS shows happening throughout the year, or call in at 228 Orakei Road and add to your collection.

We have a sheltered secure outdoor area that is perfect for a sculptor. Please do apply as there is no cost to the artist!

The cycleway construction is planned to start in late 2016. This will take you by foot or pedal to the waterfront, and from there the cbd or the bays by late 2018. Currently  the cycleway/walkway connects to Orakei Bay Village from Meadowbank via Orakei Basin.

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History…

In 2007 Equinox funded a developer to purchase various blocks of land on Orakei Road adjacent to the Orakei Rail Station. In 2009, as a result of the recession, Equinox took over the site. Prior to this, in 2007, Auckland City Council as it then was, introduced the idea of this land (along with some of their own) becoming a world class high quality Transport Orientated Development. During 2008 to 2013 after extensive community and technical consultation Auckland Council’s own Plan Change 260 for the re-zoning of land was signed off in the Environment Court. We feel that a prime 5 hectare piece of land with no neighbours who own property in the vicinity should not take 5 years to get a green light but that is a story for another day.

In late 2015 after Equinox had sold  $100m of apartments it was clear that the new Auckland Council and the new Auckland Transport weren’t going to proceed with previous agreements and arrangements and Equinox was forced to cancel sales and cancel the Orakei Bay Village project consisting of 500 apartments, 10,000 sq m2 of retail, a  new train station and the various parks and plaza’s that were planned and specified in council’s own plan change.  Again that it is 10 part mini series for another day, however we now know that with any dealings one has with Auckland Council one shouldn’t have too higher expectations.

So now it’s 2016, we still own a prime piece of land and Councils notorious Unitary Plan process is underway. The dominant view at these hearings is to maintain the old Plan Change 260 layout even though they know other divisions in Council can’t and won’t support the project designed for this being constructed. We hope that a sense will prevail and Council will support the bulk, height, traffic and acoustic issues of Plan Change 260 that were so rigorously debated over a 5 year period. However, once again “when dealing with Council have no expectations” is our new motto.

– Now imagine a drum roll and a shower of paper confetti floats from the ceiling –

Orakei Bay Village is reincarnated! Instead of leaving the buildings to rot (and become a target of vandalism) we are re-retailing , re-gentrifying and refurbishing the old Jacobsen retail space into new retail spaces. We already have a fine wine store, coffee roastery and cafe and the artHAUS creative collective taking up occupancy shortly and are on the look out for new, stylish tenants looking for a 6 year lease in a very cool high stud industrial space.

With amazing city and Hobson Bay views, located next to the new cycleway, the Orakei rail station, and one short stop to the CBD, this high traffic flow area is going to be an exciting new addition to an area seriously lacking in retail goodness!

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Contact Elliot Knight | 021 750 009| elliot@eqgroup.co.nz, or Hayley Mckeown 022 301 2055 | hayley@eqgroup.co.nz for more info.
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Our future plans are to build an apartment project on the adjacent waterfront Kings Plant Barn land which will be called the Peninsula.

If you are interested in a shop or space at Orakei Bay Village please register your interest below…

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Download our leasing brochure here!