Kings Arms ear­marked for hous­ing

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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

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