40 Anzac Street is currently a 250-space public car park in the centre of Takapuna. Recently a “change of use” was granted by Auckland Council’s Planning Committee, meaning the site can be used for purposes other than car parking.
The site’s location and links to Hurstmere Road provide an exciting opportunity to create a new town square, shops, businesses and homes that will unify the heart of Takapuna.
Now, more work will be done to determine what could happen on the site. This includes working with the communities of Takapuna on future planning for physical public spaces and their preferred uses, and activities across this site and the adjoining council-owned sites on Hurstmere Road.
In the meantime, part of the Gasometer site (located between Northcroft, Huron and Auburn streets) will be developed in to a multi-storey carpark. Panuku will seek a developer partner to work with on the other part of the Gasometer site.
What will go on Anzac Street? Will there be any public space?
The planned development will include a new town square and connections through the site joining Anzac Street, Lake Road and Hurstmere Road, as well as mixed use development such as restaurants, retail and housing.
When Anzac Street is developed, will we lose those carparks?
The carparks available on Anzac Street will be replaced with carparks on the Gasometer site. Anzac Street will remain as a public car park until the Gasometer car park is open. The Gasometer car park building will be for retail and commercial visitors to Takapuna centre.
Why didn't Panuku retain carparking on the Anzac Street site?
Anzac Street, with the adjoining Potters Park and connections to Hurstmere Road, is a fantastic location for a new town square and pedestrian-friendly spaces that are not dominated by cars.
The new Gasometer car park is only 200 metres away and will work well in tandem with the existing Killarney Street car park to serve Takapuna centre’s car park needs.
I park in the Anzac Street carpark. Where can I park now?
Until mid-2020 we expect Anzac Street to remain a car park while the Gasometer car park is being constructed. Following that, you can park in the new Gasometer car park. Or if you are visiting the northern part of Takapuna then the existing Killarney Street car park is a great choice.
Who will own the carparks?
The proposed multi-level car park building on part of the Gasometer site is intended to be owned by Auckland Council and managed by Auckland Transport (AT). Any parking related to possible future developments would be owned by the development party, but might be available for the public.
How many carparks are available in Takapuna?
There are currently approximately 2,300 public car park spaces in Takapuna (both on and off-street). 40 Anzac Street provides 250 of these car park spaces. As part of providing for current and future parking requirements, Panuku plans to redevelop part of the Gasometer site into a multi-level car park with approximately 450 spaces. Another large car park facility is the Killarney Street facility which accommodated 280 cars.
How was the carparking assessed?
AT conducted a car parking assessment for Takapuna and advised Panuku that it needs to replace 400 car parks within the Unlock Takapuna sites (Anzac Street and Gasometer) and futureproof for a further 350-500 car parks over the next 30 years. This meets the current demand for short-stay parking and provides a future-proof ability for the forecast growth expected to be experienced in the centre.
What will happen to the Takapuna Sunday market?
Panuku recognises that the Takapuna Sunday market is a valued part of the Takapuna community and understands the vitality it brings to Takapuna. Panuku is looking to extend this vitality to the centre of Takapuna throughout the week, rather than just on a Sunday morning. The proposed development of 40 Anzac Street does not necessarily mean an end to the market. The market could move to an alternative site within Takapuna, or a version of it might be incorporated into the uses and activities on future public space created on the Anzac Street and adjoining council-owned sites on Hurstmere Road.
What engagement with the community has been undertaken?
In collaboration with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, a significant level of stakeholder engagement was undertaken during 2016 and early 2017. This included engagement with the Greater Takapuna Reference Group and eight other key stakeholder groups. Feedback from these groups was used for an overarching plan for the area. Of the nine groups interviewed, seven were in support of the direction of the project, the vision, goals and objectives.
Formal statutory public consultation seeking views on the change of use of 40 Anzac Street was undertaken from 7 August to 4 September 2017. A total of 2,061 submissions were received with 57% opposed, 41% in support and 2% neutral.
Will I have a chance to have my say on what goes on the site?
Yes. We will now undertake further engagement with the community to help determine the preferred town square location on the site. The details of this engagement and how to get involved will be announced shortly.
When will Anzac Street be sold?
We will begin discussions with prospective development partners now, with the view to have a partner confirmed by next year. Any development partnership would take in to consideration the community’s feedback and the requirement for public space on the site.
When would development start?
Development won’t start on Anzac Street until 2020 at the earliest. Until then Anzac Street will remain open as a carpark. The Gasometer carpark construction is expected to commence in the second half of 2018. Development on the Gasometer site could start in 2019 following a market process to select a development partner.
What's happening with Potters Park?
Potters Park will remain a park. There are no changes planned by Panuku for the park.
How will this impact Takapuna as a shopping destination?
New retail, commercial and residential accommodation will bring more people to the centre and increase the economic activity. All this growth will have a positive impact on Takapuna as a shopping and food and beverage destination.
International studies show that creating pedestrian-friendly environments and increasing foot traffic will have a positive effect on these businesses also.
Maintaining car parking supply in Takapuna would be addressed before any disruption to Anzac Street carpark occurs. The Gasometer car park would be completed and open to the public before the Anzac Street site was closed for any type of development or construction.