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Former Takapuna library fetches $3.2 million

Flagstaff Team

The sale of the former Takapuna Library at No. 2 The Strand has fetched $3,207,500. 

Responding to Observer inquires, Auckland Council’s property arm, Eke Panuku, confirmed the amount after a deal struck in December was settled last week. 

The purchaser wanted their identity to remain confidential for now, an Eke Panuku spokesman said. 

The building, which dates from the 1950s with a later two-storey addition, carries a heritage listing on a section of original pink stone exterior wall and an internal feature staircase. This means any developer would need to consider how to retain these features in plans for the building, which sits in a zone allowing for greater height. 

Some in the community had hoped the vacant building, considered a surplus asset by council, might become an art gallery or museum. Money from the sale will be retained, however, for use in the local area, due to funds for the old library originally having been endowed for public purposes. 

Apartments applications have come thick and fast for the central Takapuana area over the last year, so whatever the former library becomes it is likely to be surrounded by new residents. 

Eke Panuku will meet and seek feedback from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board on how the money might best be spent. The board is awaiting updates on the feasibility and costings of adding another floor to house more community facilities in the existing library over the road. 

A more central hub in the Waiwharariki Anzac Square development is another idea, but this currently has no budget available from council coffers.

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