Earthwork has now started on the new supermarket at Ostend. From detail supplied in ‘The Marketplace’, it will be two and a half times the size of the existing one and one can assume that the car-park area will be greater as well. Projected opening is first quarter 2016.
It should be clear to blind Freddy that this project will galvanise Ostend into a different type of suburb. One could envisage the supermarket dragging in additional outlets such as a banking facility a re-worked pub and additional small shops.
The Saturday market, which already causes traffic difficulties, overflow parking congestion and blocks footpaths will become untenable at its current location. It has to move.
The logical move is to The Causeway and this offers a unique opportunity to re-develop this site into something of quality to the suburb. Another Waiheke ‘patch job’ will not do.
I have attached a re-development plan for the site. You will be well aware of my dissatisfaction with the state of the Causeway as is the Local Board and Councillor Lee. Hence my desire to see a visionary plan for this location. Of course it doesn’t have to be my vision. What I would like to do is start the ball rolling because we have just one year to get some percentage of this done.
Some comments on the plan. A weir is intended to keep the water at a good level in the ‘inner lake’ as this scoured out mud puddle visible every day is hideous. A marina is dependent on the proposal at Matiatia not going ahead. However,the rest of the plan can stand alone without one at Ostend.
I am unaware what lease the Sports Club obtained in the kerfuffle a few years ago. Really, like it or not, they should be at the Sports Ground. Similarly the boat club and its hangers-on need to be brought into the modern world. The local council organisation has made a few desultory twitches to improve the state of this reserve. Frankly they don’t seem to have the guts to revamp and remove the poor man’s junkyard it has become. Why, over the years, have they failed to apply the bylaws?
If the Greenies object (and they object to anything that could be labelled ‘progress’), then remind them that a replacement road around the edge of the mangroves behind the sports club building can hardly be objected to when they have remained silent about the degradation to all of the mangrove areas on the seaward side of The Causeway.
Finally the ‘old road’ in this plan becomes part of the redevelopment into parking and parkland. It is closed to through traffic. If the idea of the swimming pool site being there is accepted, then adjacent parking would be required.