Interest in Catalina Bay has been strong since plans for the waterfront precinct were announced by developer, Willis Bond & Co, earlier this year.
The 1.8 hectare site will in time be home to a mix of restored heritage buildings and new ventures offering retail, hospitality, office and residential opportunities.
The refurbishment of six existing Air Force buildings is underway and expected to be completed by early next year. This includes the installation of a mezzanine structure and a double-glazed wall in the Catalina Workshops, one of which will be home to HLC from November 2017.
Also preparing for a move is the iconic Farmers Market, which is expected to be in its new permanent home (one of the bay’s oldest buildings located at the bottom of the Launch Road steps) in October. The market is currently operating in the Fabric Building beside the wharf.
Once vacated by the market, the Fabric Building will itself become home to a new venture offering over-water dining. An experienced all-day bistro café operator has been signed for this space and will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, restoration on the immense Sunderland Hangar is due for completion late next year. A tenant has already been secured for the ground floor retail space, leaving only The Armoury available to rent. Expressions of interest in this 280m2 retail space are currently being accepted by Willis Bond & Co.
Catalina Bay will also offer a range of character office spaces, enquiries about which are welcomed, and residential options. The main apartment building will house about 70 high-end apartments and five townhouses while a boutique five-storey building will offer a further four apartments each spanning an entire floor. More information will be available in the on-site display suite from early next year or visit www.catalinabay.co.nz/apartments to register your interest now.