Un­cer­tain fu­ture for sta­ple Auck­land venue

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - JOSH FA­GAN

Auck­land mu­sic venue the Kings Arms Tav­ern looks set to fall vic­tim to the city’s ram­pant push for prop­erty de­vel­op­ments.

The 19th cen­tury pub that has played host to ma­jor in­ter­na­tional acts such as the White Stripes and The Black Keys, and helped launch the ca­reers of many Kiwi acts, could make way for apart­ments af­ter be­ing listed for sale un­der a mixed use prop­erty zone.

The sale was ad­ver­tised on Satur­day fol­low­ing months of spec­u­la­tion it would be re­de­vel­oped.

Owner and pub­li­can of 25 years Mau­reen Gordon said it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily the death knell for the venue, with a slim chance the new buyer may keep it open and build on the sur­round­ing land.

‘‘I feel very sad about it,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re very re­luc­tant to walk way from the mu­sic scene but over­heads and ex­penses are pretty high. Rates and all those things come into it. And it‘s very valu­able land that’s sit­ting there.’’

The build­ing and land cov­ers 2,112 square me­tres at 57 – 59 France St in the in­ner sub­urb of New­ton.

It’s been zoned as a mixed use, mean­ing it could be re­de­vel­oped for res­i­den­tial or com­mer­cial pur­poses.

FAIRFAX NZ

Don McGlashan, right, has per­formed at the Kings Arms many times over the years.

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