An­zac St car park: to sell or not to sell?

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NEIGH­BOURLY DIS­CUS­SION

A coun­cil­lor de­scribes it as a ‘‘field of dreams’’ but there’s strong com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion to coun­cil plans to sell off a public car park in cen­tral Taka­puna. Auck­land Coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment arm, Panuku, is con­sult­ing on its pro­posed sale of the 250-space An­zac Street Car Park, af­ter an 8500-strong pe­ti­tion forced it to hold off on its plans.

Many peo­ple would like the land to stay en­tirely in public own­er­ship and be de­vel­oped into some use­ful public space. Oth­ers have sup­ported the idea to sell the car park for a new mixed-use de­vel­op­ment with green space in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign. So what do res­i­dents think about the fu­ture of the space?

SHOULD THE AN­ZAC ST CAR PARK BE SOLD?

Lyn­d­say Brock from Devon­port: I’m com­pletely op­posed to the sale of the car park. A spe­cial rate was levied on cen­tral Taka­puna ad­dresses and the en­tire pur­chase price (plus in­ter­est) was paid by th­ese lo­cal peo­ple, be­cause they know how im­por­tant ac­cess is for the eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity of the busi­ness cen­tre. They paid in good faith and for it to be sold out from un­der them would be a real in­jus­tice. Also, there is al­ready a dire short­age of park­ing for the shop­ping cen­tre, proven by the num­ber of cars clog­ging res­i­den­tial streets for a good kilo­me­tre around. A large per­cent­age of the gas­om­e­ter site’s 450 parks will be ear­marked for de­vel­op­ments, so that won’t ap­pre­cia­bly in­crease spa­ces for public use. As far as I’m con­cerned, both the ex­ist­ing car park AND the gas­om­e­ter site will be needed to en­sure fu­ture suc­cess of the re­tail cen­tre.

Margie Hart from Taka­puna: It is far too valu­able a piece of land to be left for a car park. They are go­ing to turn the gas­om­e­ter site into 450 new carparks before they de­velop the An­zac St sure! And the mar­ket would be great in Hurst­mere Road.

Just as ac­ces­si­ble and even shel­ter for wet days...I go ev­ery week. Let’s have some progress!

Ge­orge Vo­danovich from Devon­port: I won­der if there’s been any doc­u­mented re­search into the ef­fects the res­i­den­tial block will have on lo­cal bars. If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, one of the best all-ages live mu­sic bars in Auck­land, the Tem­ple on Queen Street, was closed down due to noise com­plaints from res­i­dents in the newly built de­vel­op­ment be­hind it. I could be wrong. It was a very sad day for lo­cal mu­sic. Can’t see any men­tion in the docs pro­vided by Panuku.

Ron­nie Richard­son from Camp­bells Bay: They need to de­velop it like Aotea Square with un­der­ground car park and public open space on top. The busi­ness own­ers of Taka­puna paid for this land with ex­tra levies on their rates for years. If the Coun­cil now gets rid of the park­ing who is go­ing to bother shop­ping in Hurst­mere Road.

Lud­wig Jeppe from Al­bany: They are not think­ing of ac­cess­ing the new de­vel­op­ment. Let’s say there is only new public spa­ces cre­ated where would the pa­trons park see­ing as the park­ing is gone. And there is a mas­sive short­age of park­ing in Taka­puna al­ready. I have only vis­ited those busi­nesses once in the last year due to that is­sue. I’m fully against it.

HAVE YOUR SAY

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TOM DILLANE/FAIR­FAX NZ

An­zac Street Car Park in Taka­puna has been ear­marked for po­ten­tial re­de­vel­op­ment.

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