Property owners forced to sell for Lincoln Rd upgrade
A family-home of 18 years is being bulldozed to make way for a major Auckland roading project.
Sharon Mukhtar's home is one of six properties already acquired by Auckland Transport for the Lincoln Rd upgrade.
"It's going to be sad moving away from our home," Mukhtar said.
A total of 11 houses and 83 property frontages were needed for the $85 million project in west Auckland, which was due to start in 2023.
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The Mukhtar family had accepted their home of 18 years was part of a bigger plan to improve west Auckland's busiest arterial route.
But Mukhtar, who lived in the property with her husband and two children, said it was going to be hard to let go.
"What can we do?" she said.
"My husband and I would have loved to continue living here. We've been here for 18 years - it's close to everything."
"But when we were told that our house was going to be affected and they had to buy our house, we had no choice and we had to go."
Dr David Paek, who ran Lincoln Chinese Medical Clinic from 312 Lincoln Rd, said he was hesitant about selling.
For him, he would not only have to relocate, but also lose the name of his business.
"Unless I relocate to somewhere on Lincoln Rd then I can't still keep the name," Paek said.
"But I've been here since 2009, all my clients know I'm here."
Auckland Transport project manager Zaid Essa said 308 and 312 Lincoln Rd were two of six properties needed to make way for a large stormwater run-off system and new cul-de-sac.
The cul-de-sac was vital for creating vehicle access to nearby properties and for stormwater run-off, he said.
"The last thing we want to do is allow people in these properties to get in and out from Lincoln Rd or Triangle Rd - it will be disastrous for everyone, including the road users," Essa said.
"A cul-de-sac was the most logical entry and exit point for this complex."
For stormwater, Essa said they had looked at several options but 312 Lincoln Rd was the lowest point available and provided the best solution.
"We can't do an upgrade to that part of Lincoln Rd without buying those properties."