Three-storey building a tall order say village neighbours
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.
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.