Auckland Council’s finance & performance committee agreed yesterday – against strong minority opposition – to sell 7 of its offices & parking lots around the region, including the former council chambers of 3 of the super-city’s predecessor councils.
Committee chair Ross Clow said the sale programme was likely to be spread over 4-6 years.
The debate on outlying properties around the region has raised a conflict between history & familiarity on one side, versus upgrading to more appropriate premises on the other.
Cllr Clow said in a release after the meeting: “This decision is about the next step on our journey towards becoming a fit-for-purpose organisation that makes the most of its assets.
“In making this decision, local communities have been top of mind. Auckland is a big city and residents need to be able to deal with their council face-to-face. The corporate property strategy ensures that all service centres remain open and the strong connection between council & its local communities remains.
“It will also improve our services to Aucklanders, for example, face-to-face access to council regulatory services in all 13 wards rather than in only half, which is the current situation.
“It also puts 96% of Auckland’s population within 10km of a council office.”
Cllr Clow said retaining the former council chamber buildings would have been expensive: “If we did nothing, we forecast having to spend around $200 million on servicing ageing buildings over the next decade, leaving us with a shortfall of $117 million that would need to be found elsewhere.
“At a time when we must prioritise investing in transport, housing & our environment, we simply can’t afford to fund property maintenance on buildings that are no longer fit for purpose.”
The council will invest proceeds from the sale of the properties in its existing property portfolio to ensure it maintains remaining buildings to a high standard.
At Orewa & Pukekohe, the sale of the property will mean relocation of local services.
The buildings & land agreed for sale are:
- Aotea Quarter, 4-10 Mayoral Drive
- Victoria Quarter, 35 Graham St (and associated buildings)
- Henderson, 6 Henderson Valley Rd (excluding the civic building containing the former council chamber)
- Manukau, 4 Osterley Way
- Orewa, 50 Centreway Rd
- Papakura, 35 Coles Crescent
- Pukekohe, 82 Manukau Rd.
Disposal property reports:
Manukau, 4 Osterley Way
CBD, 4-10 Mayoral Drive
Papakura, 35 Coles Crescent
CBD, 35 Graham St
Orewa, 50 Centreway Rd
Henderson, 6 Henderson Valley Rd
Pukekohe, 82 Manukau Rd
Corporate property portfolio strategy infographic report
14 May 2018: Council to decide sale of old chambers tomorrow
Attribution: Council release, committee agenda.