22 July, 2020
Asset sales for the North Shore
Community buildings and some public land across the Devonport-Takapuna Local areaBoard area will be sold off by the cash strapped Auckland Council.
They include: 2 Forrest Hill Rd, a section of vacant land at 650sqm; 130 sqm2 of a recreation reserve at 24R Linwood Rd, Forrest Hill; 4 Bloomfield Spa, Takapuna (496sqm of vacant land which was a former service lane but is now open space); 2 The Strand Takapuna (a category B heritage building on 486 sqm2); and the former Devonport Borough Council building
at 3 Victoria Rd – a category-A heritage building on 468 sqm of land, described as an earthquake prone building, which has been vacant for three years.
Council’s Finance and Performance Committee last Thursday voted to include the properties for “asset recycling.”
Final terms and conditions for the sale will be subject to council approval.
North Shore Councillors Chris Darby and Richard Hills voted against selling off 3 Victoria Rd.
The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board voted in a split vote at its last meeting to approve any sales seen as necessary by the
Board members Aidan Bennett, George Wood and Toni van Tonder voted to support the sales process. Ruth Jackson, Trish Deans and Jan O’Connor were vehemently opposed.
Chair Aidan Bennett used his casting vote to get the approval through.
This article originally appeared in the 7 August 2020 edition of the Rangitoto Observer.
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