Build­ing not quite his­toric

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

One of Great North Rd’s his­toric build­ings is be­ing knocked down to make way for a car sales yard.

The 95-year-old Ir­ish Club build­ing near the cor­ner of Pon­sonby Rd is be­ing de­mol­ished by Sam­son Cor­po­ra­tion de­vel­oper.

Orig­i­nally built as a the­atre in 1914, it was bought by the Ir­ish So­ci­ety in 1962 and used as a com­mu­nity hall un­til 2005. Auck­land Ir­ish So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Michael Hickey says it was a fo­cal point for the city’s Ir­ish com­mu­nity, used ev­ery day of the week.

“We had Ir­ish dances and it was full ev­ery Sun­day night.”

The so­ci­ety sold the build­ing be­cause the cen­tral city lo­ca­tion was too hard to get to in heavy traf­fic.

Mr Hickey says so­ci­ety mem­bers are happy at their new premises at the Rocky Nook Bowl­ing Club in Mt Al­bert, but he says he’ll be a lit­tle sad to drive past and see the old club gone.

A re­source con­sent has been granted by Auck­land City Coun­cil for the site to be de­vel­oped into a new build­ing for car sales and ser­vice.

The build­ing is not a sched­uled her­itage site but it is part of the Pon­sonby Con­ser­va­tion Area.

Coun­cil re­source con­sents man­ager Ian Small­burn says her­itage is­sues and the his­toric char­ac­ter of the area were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when de­cid­ing the re­source con­sent.

Sam­son Cor­po­ra­tion di­rec­tor Daniel Fried­lan­der re­fused to com­ment on the de­vel­op­ment.

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