• $2.4 billion City Rail Link from Britomart to Mt Eden
• New Zealand International Convention Centre
• Precinct's Downtown demolition and construction of a 36-level tower
• Furu Ding's 52-level NDG tower, Royal International site
• $65 million-$100-million Aotea Centre upgrade
• Manson TCLM's 30-level tower.
Of greatest concern to Waiheke residents is the removal of bus services from Lower Queen Street, and the permanent closure of the Britomart transport interchange as the area is regressed into a pedestrian precinct. The Downtown car park will be demolished with no replacement of car parking facilities. The Green Party led agenda of transport planners is to remove all cars and car parking from the area.
No thought has been given to the needs of those arriving by ferry, especially from Waiheke. Access to the essential services that are only available in Auckland will be made much more difficult. In effect Council is cutting off the island’s lifeline. It is a return to the mid-nineties when Lower Queen Street was the haunt of drunks, down and outs and criminals.
Whether or not Downtown businesses will survive the onslaught of such major disruption is yet to be seen but many are already struggling (see yesterday's blog). If another world financial crisis hits, and all predictions are that one is coming very soon, the disruption to the city centre will last a lot longer than five years.
This is what Michael Barnett has to say.
Aucklanders are about to endure a "five-year nightmare", says Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett, as work starts on a raft of major jobs, including the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
Mr Barnett welcomed the centre's resource consent on Friday but expressed fears about the impact of so much demolition and construction on businesses, city residents, workers and visitors.
"It will be very disruptive. It's going to be a nightmare from a business perspective," Mr Barnett said.
"People have got to get to work and what's the plan? Bus routes will change, couriers getting into buildings, people getting to work?"
When Len Brown goes in a year’s time followed, hopefully, by his Terrible Ten Councillors and all the city's planning departments, the legacy they will be leaving, at least for the next five or ten years, will be the world’s most unliveable city. Thanks for nothing.