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Downtown Auckland is going through huge transformation with its various streetscape and transport projects. But in stark contrast, several plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars have sat as car parks since buildings were knocked down in the 1980s.
The Elliott St car park sits on a 4417 square metre plot of land, valued at $82.5 million.
The land has sat undeveloped as a car park - where an hour will cost you $19 - since the Royal International Hotel was demolished in 1987.
It was purchased by Singapore company NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) Limited for $53m in 2012, and in 2017 the company was given approval by the Overseas Investment Office to build and operate a 52-storey, five- star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, with 300 guest rooms, four floors for hotel facilities, six for retail and five for car parking.
The development is expected to cost $350m, with the start of construction dependent on the completion of City Rail Link. However, the resource consent for the tower is due to expire in October.
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The track to Mangere Mountain's summit is getting a facelift.
It will be recreated with aggregate stone paths, basalt rock steps and rest areas with seating at key viewing areas.
A floating staircase will be built on the steeper northern descent from the south Auckland summit which is prone to erosion from foot traffic.
Work begins on May 17 and is expected to take five months to bring to fruition.
The goal is to preserve historic pa features and provide a safer, enhanced experience for pedestrians.
Also planned is a major redevelopment of the playground.
Inspired by the landscape, the design will reflect stories associated with the mountain and Maori culture.
A $1 million budget has been earmarked for the playground.
More details will be released later.
Thank you to everyone who came along for your huge effort at Te Puhinui Big Clean on Saturday! Around 500 people pitched in to clean up our waterways and protect our precious natural environment.
Volunteers removed tonnes of rubbish, including road cones, car parts, building materials, old furniture and even a Harley Davidson motorcycle!
Want to help keep the Puhinui Stream clean?
We're asking local businesses, schools and community groups to adopt a spot along the Puhinui Stream and help keep it free of rubbish. Want to adopt a spot? Get in touch with us at email@example.com.