Auckland Council may find itself embroiled in a legal battle if councillors move forward with the sale of the Downtown Car Park building to Precinct Properties. A judicial review is set to be lodged at the High Court by Save Queen Street Society Incorporated, a group led by property owner Andrew Krukziener.
The sale of the building, which has been a reliable source of affordable parking since its construction in 1970, has faced significant opposition. Leaked plans have revealed that Precinct Properties is considering the development of two skyscrapers on the site, a proposal that has fueled concerns about the loss of public parking.
Krukziener, supported by the Save Queen Street Society, has presented an alternative plan that he argues could generate up to $250 million in revenue for the council. His proposal involves retaining the carpark and building a free-standing platform above it to sell development rights for the construction of towers. This approach would balance commercial interests while also maintaining public access to parking.
Critics argue that selling the car park to Precinct Properties does not maximize value for ratepayers. Krukziener has pointed out that negotiated conditions could result in the council receiving only $50 million, far below the intended net proceeds of $100 million.
The Auckland Council must consider all options when making decisions, as stated in section 77 of the Local Government Act. If the sale proceeds without due consideration of Krukziener’s proposal, a judicial review will be pursued.
While the council faces pressure to generate revenue and develop the downtown area, it is crucial to evaluate all possibilities that serve the best interests of ratepayers and the public. Balancing the need for affordable parking with commercial development is a delicate task that requires careful consideration from councillors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is the Downtown Car Park building?
The Downtown Car Park building is a multi-storey parking facility in Auckland that has provided affordable parking since its construction in 1970.
Q: Who is Andrew Krukziener?
Andrew Krukziener is a property owner in Auckland and a member of the Save Queen Street Society Incorporated. He has been actively involved in advocating for alternative solutions to the sale of the Downtown Car Park building.
Q: What is the proposed alternative plan?
The proposed alternative plan, put forth by Andrew Krukziener, involves retaining the carpark and constructing a free-standing platform above it to sell development rights for the construction of towers. This approach aims to balance commercial interests with the need for public access to parking.
Q: What legal action is being pursued?
Save Queen Street Society Incorporated, led by Andrew Krukziener, plans to seek a judicial review at the High Court if the sale of the Downtown Car Park building proceeds without considering alternative options, as required by the Local Government Act.