Brothel fate nears rul­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The fate of a su­per brothel pro­posed for the cen­tral city will be de­cided by the end of next week.

The Pent­house Club com­plex will in­clude a ground level bar and res­tau­rant, broth­els and a strip club on the sec­ond and third floors, and four floors of ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion if it is ap­proved.

Prop­erty de­vel­op­ers John and Michael Chow are be­hind the plans.

In­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers ap­pointed to de­cided whether the ven­ture will be given re­source con­sent spent last week lis­ten­ing to sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic.

One sub­mit­ter com­pared pros­ti­tu­tion to cig­a­rettes – call­ing it a ‘‘le­gal ac­tiv­ity but not a de­sir­able one’’ that would only de­grade the city.

He said a brothel in the city cen­tre would cause nui­sance, offensive be­hav­iour and cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment like Hunters Cor­ner in Pa­p­a­toe­toe.

But lawyer for the Chow broth­ers, Rus­sell Bartlett, ob­jected to dis­cus­sions about the planned brothel ac­tiv­ity – as the hear­ing was about the build­ing, not pros­ti­tu­tion, and a brothel is a per­mit­ted ac­tiv­ity.

Hear­ing chair­man David Kirk­patrick agreed, say­ing a re­view of the per­mit­ted ac­tiv­i­ties was not within the panel’s author­ity.

A num­ber of sub­mit­ters were also op­posed to the ap­par­ent dis­re­gard for the city’s her­itage by the Chow broth­ers.

The site of the brothel would be the site of the for­mer Palace Ho­tel which was de­mol­ished af­ter be­ing dam­aged while be­ing ren­o­vated by the broth­ers in 2010.

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