Re-imag­ing Great North Rd

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - CATRIN OWEN

A com­mu­nity-led precinct on Great North Rd has been given the go-ahead.

The Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board is al­lo­cat­ing $10,000 from its Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment Fund to the Grey Lynn Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion to lead the project on May 10.

The idea stemmed from a meet­ing with Auck­land city plan­ners about their lack of in­ter­est for a precinct vi­sion for Great North Rd.

Dave Bat­ten from the Grey Lynn Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion says they don’t want to be per­ceived as NIMBYs.

‘‘Great North Rd, along the Grey Lynn ridge, is ripe for in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion and po­ten­tial form and scale is mas­sive.’’

Lo­cal board mem­ber Ver­non Tava agrees and says it is the last great de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity close to the in­ner city.

How­ever the com­mu­nity wants con­sid­er­a­tion re­quir­ing fu­ture apart­ment build­ings to in­clude ground floor busi­nesses.

‘‘If you’ve just got ac­com­mo­da­tion it be­comes des­ti­tute dur­ing the day,’’ Bat­ten says.

Con­cerns around the new de­vel­op­ments shad­ow­ing prop­er­ties have been dis­missed with ar­chi­tect Daniel Mar­shall pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive shad­ing study show­ing there would be some ar­eas with min­i­mal shad­ing.

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