On 9 March, I took a bit of time off to go to the opening of New Lynn's new Merchant Quarter development, on McCrae Way.
McCrae Way is a new street, carved through former car park areas, with the Merchant Quarter taking up the site which used to be the New Lynn bus terminal (in yellow circle below. Both images from Auckland Council GIS, lower image from 2006).
All this architecture isn't the be-all and end-all for the development. Auckland Transport have sold the overhead rights to developers.
And they hope the above impression will be the result. It will be served by already-constructed cavernous carpark areas within the development.
With more to come. Carparks, mainly, to encourage folks to use public transport, and to have New Lynn be a "destination". The shop spaces in the Merchant Quarter, at the moment, are still empty and up for lease.
McCrae Way -- naming a new road after a chap who didn't own this piece of land (he owned the paddocks on which adjacent Lynnmall was built), and who committed suicide in the late 1960s, after a career running one of the most notorious bus companies in Auckland. Weird quirks like this is part of why I love my city.
A pity, though, that the newly-planted trees are dying in the 2012-2013 Auckland Drought.
Still, nice music on the day ...
... a talented fairy on stilts ...
... and bouncy castles and street games for the kids of all ages.
Time will tell what happens to this latest bit of New Lynn's story.