Cleanup talks de­lay project

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A va­cant Pon­sonby Rd site may have to be de­con­tam­i­nated be­fore new own­ers can re­de­velop it.

The for­mer Mo­bil sta­tion on the cor­ner of Pon­sonby Rd and Mack­elvie St has been va­cant since it was sold by the petrol com­pany two years ago.

The Auck­land City Har­bour News un­der­stands dis­cus­sions be­tween Mo­bil and the new owner over cleanup of the site have de­layed re­de­vel­op­ment.

Mo­bil spokesman Al­lan Bai­ley says ne­go­ti­a­tions with the new owner have been “chal­leng­ing”.

Mo­bil is seek­ing re­source con­sents from the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil and Auck­land City Coun­cil so that re­me­di­a­tion can go ahead.

Al­though the owner of the prop­erty re­fused to com­ment, the Auck­land City Coun­cil con­firmed the site is listed as be­ing po­ten­tially con­tam­i­nated.

A coun­cil spokesper­son says the con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion has been on hold since Septem­ber 2007 while the ap­pli­cant amends the pro­posed re­me­di­a­tion method.

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