Sky­scraper butts in

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

IT’S all progress.

That’s how an El­liott St busi­ness-owner is tak­ing the news that his shops will need to make way for a new sky­scraper.

A 52-storey build­ing planned for the long-va­cant site on the cor­ner of Vic­to­ria and El­liott streets is due for com­ple­tion in 2020.

The Chi­nese de­vel­oper New De­vel­op­ment Group hopes to have build­ing con­sent by next year.

At 209 me­tres the $350 mil­lion NDG Auck­land Cen­tre is set to be New Zealand’s tallest in­hab­ited build­ing, beaten in height only by the Sky Tower. It will in­clude a 302-room ho­tel, apart­ments, a cin­ema, restau­rants, shops and sky decks.

Mick Odonoghue signed a three-year lease for his line of eatery stalls, called Saint Michael’s Al­ley, in El­liott St nine months ago but is not con­cerned.

‘‘It’s about progress. You’ve got to build a city and if we want to keep up with the rest of the world then this is the way to do it. A lot of the build­ings around here are due a makeover as well,’’ he says

Vic­to­ria St’s air bungy Skyscreamer will also be look­ing for a new lo­ca­tion if con­struc­tion goes ahead.

The site has been used as a car park since the Royal In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel was de­mol­ished in the late 1980s.

Mayor Len Brown wel­comes the project.

‘‘This will be a world class de­vel­op­ment for Auck­land that will cre­ate hun­dreds of new jobs, en­er­gise the CBD and boost Auck­land’s GDP,’’ he says.

Photo: JESS LEE

Make way: Vic­to­ria St’s air bungy Skyscreamer, El­liott St’s line of eatery stalls and a car park will need to make way for the $350 mil­lion NDG Auck­land Cen­tre.

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