Auckland Council’s finance & performance committee will consider the sale of 7 council-owned properties next Tuesday, including 5 former council chambers around the region.
The other 2 on the list are the Graham St building overlooking the Viaduct waterfront area in the cbd, and the parking lot beside the Aotea Centre & Bledisloe House, also in the cbd.
They have a combined 2017 capital valuation of $190 million.
Local boards oppose the sale of the Henderson, Orewa & Papakura properties, which contain the council chambers plus offices of the former Waitakere, Rodney & Papakura councils.
2 of those, the Henderson-Massey & Hibiscus & Bays boards, expressed concern at the short notice and at provision for local accommodation for council services.
However, committee chair Ross Clow said the council intended to retain all its 23 customer service centres & 21 local board offices.
He said that under the council’s corporate property building strategy, the council would retain a local, face-to-face presence with communities across Auckland and provide appropriate office space for the council’s elected representatives & council staff: “Aucklanders will still be able to interact with the council in their local areas,” he said. “This proposal is about making the council more efficient, more effective & more in touch with our community.”
In some locations such as Orewa & Pukekohe, the sale of the property will mean the location of the local services will change: “Any local board office or customer service centre that could be affected by the sale of any of these buildings will be relocated within the area, in consultation with the relevant local board.
“Alongside this, we expect to reduce our operational costs of running buildings we no longer occupy as we move to more modern & efficient workplaces.”
The buildings & land being considered for sale:
CBD, 4-10 Mayoral Drive, 4238m² parking lot, capital value $28 million
CBD, 35 Graham St (and associated buildings), capital value $52 million
Henderson, 6 Henderson Valley Rd (land & associated buildings), capital value $57.7 million
Manukau, 4 Osterley Way, capital value $12.3 million
Orewa, 50 Centreway Rd, capital value $28.8 million
Papakura, 35 Coles Crescent, capital value $3.85 million
Pukekohe, 82 Manukau Rd, capital value $7.2 million
Details of the 7 properties:
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
Attribution: Council agenda & release.