At its meeting on 11 June 2019, the Auckland Transport (AT) Board resolved to transfer the Clonbern Road carpark to Panuku to enable the development of the site. It is Panuku’s role to undertake integrated developments.
The transfer follows restrictions and closures placed on the carpark on numerous occasions due to safety concerns.
The media release states:
The carpark will not be removed from Council control. The transfer to Panuku is on the condition that any development includes the provision of 200 carparks (20 more than currently exists).
Panuku will work closely with AT through the transfer process. Once transferred, Panuku will draft a development strategy which will determine how to best to release value for Council and the ratepayer while retaining the public carpark needs. The development strategy will also focus on quality design and outcomes for the centre.
Panuku will engage with the Ōrākei Local Board seeking its endorsement on any proposal prior to obtaining approval from the Finance and Performance committee.
The community is now asking:
What is the timeframe? Will the carpark be out of action for months or years? What will happen to our local businesses in the meantime? Will it even happen, or will it be on-sold to a developer at a future date?