A (dog) leg up for development

COLIN WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:55 12/12/2012
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COLIN WILLIAMS
Stop start: The dog-leg end of Blenheim St is to be ‘‘stopped’’ and sold by the city council to the owners of the adjacent green space at the former South Pacific Tyres site.

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The long-planned sale of part of Blenheim St to CBDI, owner of the adjacent green field site in front of the South Pacific Tyres, "will encourage the further development of land," the city council says.

The dog-leg end of the street will be declared as no longer needed, "stopped" as a road and eventually sold by the council.

A condition of the sale will be amalgamating the former road with the adjacent land which, if not done, would be land-locked.

The sale, under the Public Works Act 1981, will be consistent with the city's district plan and urban growth strategy.

"It would only be appropriate for the piece of land to be sold to an adjoining land owner," said the city solicitor Andrea Hilton.

The action replicates a 2008 council decision where the land sale was to be to Upper Hutt Developments (Number 7). This was never actioned and, now with the land owned by CBDI, a new council decision is needed as the original resolution did not authorise a sale to another party.

The former SPT land, zoned for business industrial, has been set aside for various future use including business and residential.

A comprehensive housing complex, the Maidstone Quarter, was proposed. While it was declined by council, that decision was reversed after appeal and mediation through the Environment Court.

But the original zoning remains and the land is now likely to be developed for this.

It is expected the site will be become a new Telecom data centre although confirmation of this will not be until late February.

Without site details, Telecom said it is to spend tens of millions of dollars over the next three years building new data centres in Auckland and Wellington.

Chief executive Simon Moutter said Telecom had 14 data centres nationwide but was "quite full and it's time to branch out and build some major data centres".

"The Wellington data centre will be in Upper Hutt and will open in 2014 or 2015," the company said.

It will an initial capacity of 350 racks with the capability to expand to 1000.

Racks, used to house computer servers and related equipment, are a common unit of measure for data centres.

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