Kings Arms earmarked for housing
Legendary music venue The Kings Arms Tavern could be levelled to make way for apartments.
Resource consent has been lodged to demolish existing buildings on site and construct a sixlevel mixed use building containing 104 apartments.
The building on Frances St South, Newton would also include 235sqm of commercial space and basement parking.
Waitemata local board member Vernon Tava tweeted about the consent lodged last week.
Tava said it qualified under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013
‘‘I can understand that this is upsetting for people who have fond memories of this live music venue.
‘‘But we need housing in the city and this is exactly the kind of development that we need to see,’’ Tava said.
He said there was a need to provide new dwellings in a part of the city that was growing by about 8000 people each year.
The Kings Arms Tavern was sold to developers for $7.4 million in December 2016.
Former owner of around 28 years Maureen Gordon put the tavern on the market in September.
She told Stuff in September she was reluctant to walk away from the music scene but the overheads and expenses were high.
Rates and all those things come into it. And it’s very valuable land that’s sitting there.’’
Gordon, who is ‘‘over 80’’ and more a fan of symphony orchestra than the head-banging music the Kings Arms was beloved for, said that the sale was a sign of the times.
The city’s insatiable need for housing space and her property’s soaring overheads, as well as a spell of poor health for Gordon, meant ‘‘the time was right’’, she said.
‘‘I do feel very sad about the sale though - it’s been a lifestyle for my family - and for the young music goers of Auckland.’’
An online petition to save the tavern from ‘‘being demolished and turned into apartments by 2019’’ had more than 6500 supporters and a slew of comments - indignant, nostalgic, and impassioned
Arms devotees country.
As a venue, the Kings Arms has played host to major international acts including the White Stripes and The Black Keys, and also helped launch the careers of many Kiwi musicians. - from Kings around the