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Willis Bond planning five-storey building on waterfront site at Kumutoto

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The proposed new building at Site 9, with new public space in foreground.

The Wellington City Council is inviting public submissions on a proposal to develop a building on Site 9, North Kumutoto – the last proposed development in this part of the waterfront.

The proposal is for a five level Willis Bond & Co development with 4000 square metres of lettable space, and will complete the redevelopment of North Kumutoto agreed after the initial public consultation in 2003, and reaffirmed when the Waterfront Framework was reviewed in 2011.

Mayor Justin Lester is interested to hear the public’s opinions on the proposal. “We want this building to best suit Wellingtonians, and what we as a community need to help improve our daily lives and boost our economic performance.”

The proposed building is generally in scale with neighbouring premises. Most of the ground floor will be publicly accessible and include retail and café space intended to meet expected demand from increased numbers of workers and visitors to this part of the waterfront.

The proposed use of the floors above ground is still to be determined but options are likely to be commercial office space, residential apartments or a boutique serviced apartment hotel says Urban Development Leader, Councillor Andy Foster.

“The proposed development will further add life and shelter to the northern part of the waterfront and significantly enhance an area which has essentially only been used for car parking for decades,” he says.

“We are particularly interested in feedback on uses which people consider will best interact with the surrounding public space and improve public safety at all times,” adds Cr Foster.

Council is also currently landscaping the adjacent Site 8 into spaces to support leisure and cultural activities, and include a timber boardwalk and shaded seating.

There are also plans to create quality shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, all set within an attractive landscaped environment.

Submissions close 5pm Friday 28 July. Councillors will consider the submissions as part of their decision on Site 9 in September.

To find out more and make a submission, go to wellington.govt.nz/site9 or email your submission tosite9@wcc.govt.nz

You can also visit the public display in a branded public information kiosk near Site 9 (north of the Meridian building).

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  1. CC, 3. July 2017, 17:20

    Aren’t the Mayor and Councillor Foster paid to look after the best interests of the city and its inhabitants? The PR spin that they are issuing makes it seem as if they are employed by the public space property acquisitive speculator. If Site 9 was required to be a family friendly affordable housing complex and the lease deal was renewable every 20 years, there might be a more acceptable justification for further blocking the city off from its harbour asset. Also of concern is how the Council and its favoured waterfront speculator are giving the obscene digital gesture to the Environment Court decision on Variation 11 with respect to the height and bulk limits for the site.

  2. Traveller, 3. July 2017, 17:56

    They’re planning a big new building but they don’t know what its use will be? A very strange announcement.

  3. Wellingonian, 3. July 2017, 18:38

    Hooray! A wall of buildings at last! Despite the opposition of thousands of Wellngtonians to the 1999 Variation 17.
    “A building to best suit Wellingtonians”, says mayor Lester. It will suit only those who have benefitted significantly from the sale (very very long term lease) for peanuts…not the majority of Wellingtonians by a long shot!
    “And it will provide shelter,” says a councillor..really?? No, it will add to the shade from the wall of buildings where the sun once was.
    “..essentially only been used for carparking for decades.. “, says the same councillor. Who is to blame for that? The Council could have had a park for the people there years ago-and demonstrated our best landscaping talents.
    “…shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles” Isn’t that called a road by any other name?
    This is all just bulldozing bunkum.

  4. Alana, 3. July 2017, 21:25

    The greed of Willis Bond and City Shaper.
    No more buildings on the waterfront – open public space for people who live here, who work here, and tourists. There are very few free spaces left on the waterfront. No more buildings.

  5. The Seagull, 4. July 2017, 10:31

    Councilor Simon Woolf opposes public disclosure of the price being paid for council land (citizen’s land) at site 9. He is concerned about the protection of what he calls Willis Bond’s (Mark McGuinness’s) “intellectual property”. Good grief – it’s just an office building, not some new invention!
    “if we put out the figures (Cr Woolf is reported as stating) people may come to the wrong conclusion.” How patronising! Perhaps he’s really worried that they may come to the right conclusion: that McGuinness is getting another sweetheart deal from the Wellington City Council on the waterfront.

  6. City Lad, 4. July 2017, 11:10

    Andy Foster wanted the Basin Reserve Flyover and lost. Now he’s promoting Willis Bond’s sole director, Mark McGuinness, to put another unsightly building on the waterfront. Very strange!

  7. Luke, 4. July 2017, 11:21

    I don’t care what they build there, anything will be an improvement on ugly surface carparks.

  8. Rumpole, 4. July 2017, 18:46

    The comments from CC are very appropriate. Under no circumstances should the Environment Court decision on maximum height for Site 9 be ignored by the developer or City Council. Lawlessness must not be tolerated.

  9. CC, 4. July 2017, 22:24

    Rumpole – agreed but when it comes to the Willis Bond privatisation of the waterfront, some who are close to the action are well aware that dissembling is de rigueur. Hopefully a few switched on Councillors along with the misguided Cr. Woolfe (ref. The Seagull above) and the naive Cr. Pannett, judging by her comments at a recent public meeting, might start to ask a few questions about connections with Willis Bond.

  10. Libby Grant, 5. July 2017, 6:51

    The battle goes on. Every public space along the waterfront was hard won as the council fought against the wishes of Wellingtonians to preserve our waterfront as a place for us. I quite agree with the councillor who implies using land for carparking is wasteful and inappropriate and I’m sure we can find a few ugly carparks elsewhere in the city that could be replaced by the proposed development. Also earthquakes and climate change are realities that must be taken into account, a green infrastructure development there (park with stormwater gardens, trees to absorb carbon and heat) could be a showcase for innovative green design. We love our waterfront and we do not want any more buildings. We stopped them blocking up our waterfront before and we’ll do it again.