In 2009 the old Auckland City Council completed an upgrade of Obsborne St and part of Teed St. It set new design standards for the streetscape making it one of the most popular retails areas in Newmarket that has attracted private development like Osborne Lane.
The Waitematā Local Board has been working to continue the upgrade to the surrounding network of “laneways” that connect through to the new University of Auckland campus on Khyber Pass and Station Square. The project has a budget of $4m over the next three years. The Board is currently seeking feedback on the draft Newmarket Laneways Plan. The vision of this plan is to improve the quality of the side streets off Broadway and public spaces, making them safer, more inviting, more interesting and more walkable.
At an open day today it was great to get feedback from locals and visitors who were enthusiastic about the huge potential to improve the streetscape to create a much more inviting retail environment. Parking was mentioned as an issue by many shoppers but this is perhaps because of the lack of visibility of the 9 car parking buildings currently in Newmarket. With such an abundance of off -street parking there is huge potential for what can be achieved by re-prioritising road space to cater for people.
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This consultation closes at 5pm on 14 June 2015