Public consultation opened recently on the proposed change of use for the Anzac Street car park in the beachside suburb of Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore.
The 250-space car park at 40 Anzac Street is one of the key sites Panuku Development Auckland plans to redevelop to activate wider regeneration across central Takapuna.
The vision for the Anzac Street car park site is to create a mix of new homes, businesses and well-designed public open spaces, with laneways linking to Hurstmere Road, Hurstmere Green and Takapuna’s popular beach beyond.
It is envisaged that part of the Gasometer site between Northcroft, Huron and Auburn Streets would also be redeveloped into a multi-level 450-space car park to provide current and future parking.
Panuku was to hold two public information sessions in August, and once the consultation closes on September 4, hearings will be held before a final decision is made by Auckland Council’s Planning Committee later in the year.
To ensure the successful and inclusive planning of the area’s new public spaces, uses and activities, Panuku will continue to work with the community on any future changes.
North Shore Ward councillor Richard Hills says he wants Takapuna to become a strong example of how urban regeneration can successfully re-energise and enliven places and their surrounding communities.
“I encourage all local residents and visitors to the area to submit and be a part of this massive opportunity for Takapuna,” Mr Hills says.
“This development will no doubt bring challenges but will bring many more positive outcomes, such as more usable open spaces, new homes, jobs and better connections to the beach.”
Fellow North Shore Ward councillor Chris Darby says the site is the crossroads between the east and west of Takapuna Centre.
“Currently a soulless car park, there is potential for this area to become the heart of community life through revitalisation,” he says.