Historical Auckland building demolished in Sandringham
Part of a historic Auckland shop corner has been demolished to make way for offices and a restaurant.
Warings Corner was the first block of shops built in Sandringham and dates back to the 1920s.
The shops, on the corner of Sandringham Rd and Kitchener Rd, are included in the Auckland Council heritage walks.
A small brick shed at the rear of the shops was demolished without prior consent from council during development.
Retrospective resource consent was later granted by Auckland Council for the removal of the ancillary building - thought to have been used as a milking shed or creamery.
Mark White, the council's central resource consents manager, says the building may have been removed while earthquake strengthening was under way on another building.
"In the retrospective consent, its removal was deemed acceptable because the ancillary building did not front the road or contribute to the character of the streetscape," he says.
The council also granted consent for the demolition of a wooden building, formerly the Sandringham Village Pharmacy, at the end of Warings Corner.
The demolition makes way for a two-storey building fronting Kitchener Rd that will house a restaurant and four office spaces.
White says resource consent was granted on the basis that the new building would retain or enhance its character.
Albert-Eden Local Board deputy chair Glenda Fryer says the character of the original building should have been respected and restored rather than demolished.
"The new design looks to fit in well but it would have fitted in better if more respect had been given to the original character," Fryer says.
"It's unusual because the removal wasn't essential for the new development so I'm surprised they couldn't have incorporated that little bit into the building."
The restaurant will operate without car parks as the Auckland Council District Plan allows for parking requirements to be waived when a heritage or character building is done up.
"The fact there is no parking is an incentive for developers to do up heritage buildings and give them a new life," Fryer says.
The developers were not available for comment.
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The ancillary building was part of the Albert-Eden Local Board's heritage walks in Sandringham.
Fryer says a woman attended one of the walks last year who had information about the building and its past use as a creamery.
She would like to get in touch with this woman or anyone with knowledge of the buildings to create a verbal history of the site.
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