Soho Square plans unveiled
THE FUTURE of the Soho Square development became a little clearer at the Western Bays Community Board meeting on April 16.
Marlin group project director Paul Hudson, who represented developer Layne Kells, told the board the group hoped to have earthworks on the site, which borders Ponsonby Rd, Williamson Ave, Crummer St and Pollen St, completed by today.
The group hopes to begin stage one construction by the middle of this year.
Stage one of the development will see three 15 metre tall buildings of two to-three storeys, plus an underground carpark, built.
It hopes to have the first stage completed by the end of next year.
Mr Hudson said it is hoped another two buildings will be added to the development, along with several more storeys to one of the central buildings, by mid 2010.
But first Marlin Group has to get resource consent from Auckland City Council for stage two, which would see the height of the development rise to 31.73 metres above ground level.
“If we get approval then we get it,” Mr Hudson told the board.
“Otherwise we’ll put a roof on what we’ve got.”
The project will see a mix of retail, commercial and residential areas.
Mr Hudson said the initial consent allowed for 11 apartments in the complex, but Marlin Group was seeking consent for up to 53 apartments in the second stage.
Consents for stage two are still being processed.
City Vision councillor Graeme Easte expressed concern about the size of the development.
“There are issues about the sheer scale of the project,” Mr Easte says.
“We haven’t had a chance to have a public hearing to define what some of the rules are.”