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Designing central Takapuna

Published: 6 April 2018

Well-designed public spaces, more carparks and new housing opportunities are now possible for central Takapuna following a decision to redesign and develop the Anzac Street carpark. 

A 'change of use' for 40 Anzac Street, Takapuna, was granted in March at Auckland Council’s Planning Committee. This means that in the future, the site can be used for purposes other than car parking. 

North Shore Ward Councillor Chris Darby believes transformation of the site will deliver a more attractive and better functioning Takapuna – furthering the vision for Takapuna as a key metropolitan centre in Auckland.

“This location can provide a generous new public square to cater for markets and events such as the annual ANZAC service. It will also offer better and safer pedestrian connections, with additional car parking just 200 metres down the road,” says Councillor Darby.  

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chair Grant Gillon says, “Though the board had opposed the proposed ‘change of use’, of the site - the decision has now been made. Therefore, we will continue to work collaboratively with the whole community, and Panuku, to achieve the best outcome for Takapuna going forward.”

"We look forward to engaging with the community throughout the entire process to ensure the project aligns with our vision to make Takapuna a fabulous sea-side metropolitan centre, with quality open space and improved connections to our stunning coastal environment,” he says.

The plan for the 40 Anzac Street site may include:

  • people-friendly public spaces including a new town square that will allow for activities like a market
  • well-designed laneways creating connections with Anzac Street, Lake Road and Hurstmere Road
  • safer access to Potter’s Park
  • suitable alternative short-stay parking 

The existing 250 carparks at Anzac Street will be replaced in a multi-storey car parking building on part of the Gasometer site (corner of Huron, Northcroft and Auburn streets). The Anzac Street carpark will not be closed until the Gasometer carpark is completed. 

Panuku will work with Auckland Transport to create 400-550 carparks in the new Gasometer carpark, which will also replace the 140 existing carparks at the Gasometer site. 

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