Plans by Panuku Development Auckland, the property arm of Auckland Council, to sell the top storey carpark at 14 Baxter Street in Warkworth are being opposed by the Rodney Local Board.
Panuku has accepted Auckland Transport’s findings that there is no justification for expanding the carpark and has deemed it surplus to requirements.
However, at its meeting on February 16, the Board agreed that the carpark should remain in Council ownership as an important facility for commuter parking in the Warkworth town centre.
The Board is not satisfied that there is adequate car parking in the town centre, particularly with the intended development and growth that is proposed in the short and long term.
It wants Panuku to investigate adding an additional level.
The Board is also seeking clarity on the costs of maintaining the carpark and wants to know why there is no maintenance budget.
The Board will seek a deputation regarding the divestment proposal to the Finance and Performance Committee of the governing body.
The carpark property comprises several lots in strata unit titles. Council owns the upper storey, the airspace above it, and ancillary foyer, stairs and pillars. The property was transferred to Rodney District Council in 2002 for the purpose of securing an alternative option for a proposed community centre, but was deemed more suitable for parking.
The 2014 capital value was $540,000.