Life is about to get harder for Auckland CBD workers with cars
Granted, it’s already a pain in the back for those who work in Auckland’s bustling CBD if you drive to work. Parking prices are as high as anywhere else in the country and can even be hard to find at times.
Today, one of the largest parking lots in the CBD is on the market and nothing prevents its future owners from leveling it and denying parking to thousands of Auklanders.
The building in question is the large Downtown Car Park on Customs Street near the Auckland Viaduct, which currently offers 1,944 parking spaces. Formerly owned by the Auckland Council, the parking lot is now for sale.
In a councilor meeting last week, proposed protections that would mean new owners of the property would have to provide 400-700 parking spaces on the lot for short-term use were rejected, 13 to seven, according to reports.
The recommendation was made by Auckland Transport and a selection of consultants. In it, AT says the private market “is not interested” in providing parking for Aucklanders, adding fuel to the idea that the block is destined to become more than a parking lot.
“In the city center, AT offers short-term parking, which the private market is not interested in providing. Providing this, and at an affordable price, is an important equity consideration for many Aucklanders, ensuring that the city center is a place for everyone, ”AT said.
The decision is made to remove a large part of the parking spaces available in the CBD. According to Heart of the City, 143,767 people work in CBD and 43,000 college students study in CBD. The hope is that a greater percentage of these people will use public transport to get to the city center.
Auckland Council issued its own statement on the news, calling it “an exciting stop for the city center”. He says the new project to be built on the site is to include a bus facility and an “accessible multimodal transport platform” to support cyclists and e-scooter users.
“The Auckland Council Planning Committee has approved the transport results for the redevelopment of the downtown parking lot site, which alongside the urban regeneration results agreed last year will provide mixed-use development high quality including forward-looking transport facilities ”, mentioned.
“With the strategic outcomes for the site agreed upon, it can be brought into a competitive market process to find a development partner who can help realize the vision of a port edge point that unites downtown and the waterfront. sea, as shown in the City Center Masterplan. “
Regarding parking allocation, the Auckland Council press release states that there is “no specification on the number of short-term parking lots”, which means that the development may not support the development. all cars. “Proposals [will] include details of the parking required to meet the development goals and any additional short-term public parking they propose to provide, ”he adds.
“This project will build on this transformational energy. It will revitalize a currently tired area and create a world-class and environmentally attractive urban space that will become a magnet for business and investment and a thriving place to live, work, visit and shop ”, said Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said.
“This will complete a major section of the City Center Laneway circuit, strengthening its connections with the port edge point. It also supports the transition to sustainable modes of transport, which has long been a key part of the downtown master plan.
“The redevelopment of the downtown parking lot has been part of our downtown master plan since 2012. I look forward to this process moving forward to find the best way forward to achieve both our urban development results and transport.