Work­ing again at ex-Soho site

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

Work is un­der way to trans­form the gap­ing hole in Pon­sonby’s streetscape.

Ini­tial site works for Progressive En­ter­prises’ $200 mil­lion shop­ping, apart­ment and of­fice precinct of­fi­cially started last week on the site once known as Soho Square.

It will be­come a com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial quar­ter called Vine­gar Lane.

A new Count­down, five lev­els of base­ment park­ing and three lev­els of of­fices, to be called the Cider Build­ing, will be built in stage two of the project in early 2014.

It is ex­pected some ini­tial in­fra­struc­ture works will be un­der way be­fore the year is out, Progressive En­ter­prises prop­erty gen­eral man­ager Adrian Walker says.

‘‘We’ve worked very hard to de­sign a de­vel­op­ment that is be­fit­ting of this iconic part of Auck­land and have worked closely with the coun­cil and community to put our con­sent and de­sign plans to­gether.’’

The com­pany bought the sec­tion be­tween Pollen St, Crum­mer Rd and Wil­liam- son Ave in 2011 af­ter a $250m de­vel­op­ment project was aban­doned in 2009.

The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes two re­source con­sents for tree re­movals, an Auck­land Coun­cil spokesman says.

Five wil­low myr­tle trees will be re­moved from Crum­mer Rd to make way for un­der­ground ser­vic­ing of power lines and a new road en­trance.

Wil­liamson Ave will lose three puriri and a Queens­land box tree to al­low for road widen­ing.

‘‘The con­di­tions of con­sent re­quire that a de­tailed land­scap­ing scheme be ap­proved and im­ple­mented in­clud­ing sub­stan­tial mit­i­ga­tion for the re­moved trees,’’ the spokesman says.

About 12 new large trees will be planted along Crum­mer Rd, Wil­liamson Ave and Pollen St. The ex­act spec­i­mens are yet to be de­cided.

They will be planted af­ter ‘‘sub­stan­tial progress’’ has been made to the de­vel­op­ment.

Long wait: Pon­sonby’s Soho Square is set to be trans­formed in to a $200 mil­lion shop­ping, apart­ment and of­fice precinct.

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