Soho Square plans un­veiled

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Morgan

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.”

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