New date for centre start

Jun 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News

Construction of Tamahere’s commercial hub looks set to start in mid September, a much delayed beginning for a centre that was at one time expected to be reality by now.

An artist’s impression of the Tamahere Village commercial area

Resource consent has now been issued for the boutique shopping centre to be built by Fosters Develop on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the Tamahere Community Committee heard recently at its monthly meeting.

Getting firm commitments from prospective tenants had been slower than expected and as a result construction may be a staged process, the committee was told.

Earlier in the year the company said that a cafe, restaurant/bar and grocer were keen on being tenants of the retail area.

Also interested were a wine cellar, skincare clinic, doctor, pharmacy, beauty spa and hairdresser.

However, so far the grocer was the only confirmed tenant though the medical centre and supporting tenancies were close to being finalised.

The long planned village centre has been designed to integrate with the adjoining public plaza and recreation reserve, whose development is also behind schedule.

The council, the Tamahere Community Committee and Fosters have worked together to finalise the village design, which will have a floor area of 2000 sq m.

New hopes for UFB

Ultrafast broadband has also been long awaited and William Hamilton, chief executive of the company Ultrafast Fibre, told the committee that the government has changed the rules on the roll out. UFF will now be able to charge for connections to fibre in areas outside of those funded through the government-funded fibre roll outs.

The government will soon release the third stage of its fibre roll out, which may open up further opportunities for funding, and therefore assist with the business case for Tamahere.

UFF is now undertaking a full design and pricing strategy for Tamahere. It’s aim will be to cover its costs on the connection while getting its return from the investment on the monthly charge to suppliers.

It is estimated that it will take three months to determine the best and most appropriate business model, and another three months to build the infrastructure.

Once this model and costs are finalized, the committee will be looking for commitment from the community to ensure there is enough take-up to make UFF’s investment viable.

UFF will provide pricing to the community to get fibre to the gate – based on the percentage of up-take required to make it feasible – along with a cost estimate for installation to the house, which will be dependent upon the length of the home’s driveway.

The committee’s full minutes can be read here.

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