Three-storey build­ing a tall or­der say vil­lage neigh­bours

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

A de­vel­oper’s pro­posal to build a three-storey com­mer­cial build­ing in Mt Eden vil­lage has res­i­dents revved up.

Davies In­vest­ments has ap­plied for re­source con­sent to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing build­ing, a for­mer petrol sta­tion now oc­cu­pied by a driv­ethrough ke­bab food bar and dairy, and build a 12.5 me­tre high com­plex with base­ment park­ing.

The build­ing is de­signed for re­tail and of­fice use and ex­ceeds the nine me­tre height re­stric­tion for build­ings around Mt Eden.

Auck­land City Coun­cil reg­u­la­tions re­quire a de­vel­op­ment of that size to have 29 carparks, but Davies In­vest­ments only plans to build eight spa­ces un­der­neath the build­ing.

Ac­cess to the carparks will be five me­tres from the busy in­ter­sec­tion of Mt Eden and Val­ley roads.

Al­though most neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents and busi­nesses sup­port the de­vel­op­ment, many say they don’t want it so high.

Neigh­bour Dorothy Paul will be af­fected by the pro­posed height in­fringe­ment and is con­cerned that the offices will be used as apart­ments, turn­ing the area into a “slum”.

She says her sus­pi­cions were aroused by the win­dows and bal­conies de­signed to face her home.

“I’ve seen it hap­pen be­fore and there’s of­fice space for lease all over Auck­land.

“Not only will it block out my light, it will take my pri­vacy as well. I want to go through the pro­posal prop­erly with the rest of my neigh­bours.”

Ms Paul plans to make a sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil be­fore they close on Fri­day.

Her neigh­bour Stephen Edgar also plans to write a sub­mis­sion against the build­ing’s height.

“Two storeys is fine, but not three. There needs to be a re­design. The win­dows on the side are a prob­lem for neigh­bours and the build­ing is go­ing to stick up in the view of the moun­tain.”

Both Val­ley Rd res­i­dents are also con­cerned that ex­ca­va­tions for the un­der­ground carpark would re­quire blast­ing to break up vol­canic rock.

Eden-Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Chris Dempsey is also con­cerned that the de­vel­op­ment oc­curs on a recorded lava flow.

“Neigh­bours need to be made aware of the im­pli­ca­tions of ex­ca­vat­ing lava flow,” he says.

De­vel­oper An­drew Davies says he was un­aware of any lava flow is­sues, hav­ing re­cently de­vel­oped a sim­i­lar prop­erty on the cor­ner of Bos­ton and Mt Eden roads without the prob­lem aris­ing.

The coun­cil has re­quested a full geotech­ni­cal re­port and the re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion is now on hold.

Vil­lage busi­ness own­ers are gen­er­ally sup­port­ive of the de­vel­op­ment, with one woman, who did not want to be named, de­scrib­ing it as “such a shabby cor­ner”.

“It will be new busi­ness which is good and it’s good to en­cour­age new build­ings and it cer­tainly is an at­trac­tive build­ing but it’s too high.

“Two storeys is suf­fi­cient,” she says.

Photo JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Too tall: Mt Eden res­i­dent Dorothy Paul says the new build­ing pro­posed on the cor­ner of Mt Eden Rd and Val­ley Rd will block out what lit­tle sun­light her home gets.

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