The sale of the Orewa Service Centre at 50 Centreway Road, first made public in Hibiscus Matters March 1 edition, will be voted on by Auckland Council this week.
Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance committee is to consider the sale of seven council-owned buildings, including the Orewa Service Centre, at its meeting on Tuesday, April 17. Council staff are recommending that the sale proceed, despite strong opposition from the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. The site has a capital value of nearly $29 million. The former Rodney District Council spent more than $20 million on an extension just before the councils amalgamated.
The local board sought an assurance that the proceeds of any sale would be spent in the local board area but in fact they will go into a fund to implement the corporate property portfolio strategy, Auckland-wide. This strategy will see excess office space sold, or leases surrendered and three hubs created for Council’s planners, engineers, inspectors, scientists, customer experience, policymakers, project managers and support staff in Albany/Westgate, the central city and Manukau. Council says the changes will create greater efficiencies and reduce the money spent on building maintenance.
Auckland Council decided to defer the decision on the sale of these Council properties. It will now go before the Finance and Performance Committee's May 15 meeting.