Iconic venue could be bowled

Central Leader - - HEALTH & BEAUTY - CATRIN OWEN

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 by 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 25 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.’’

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