Himavanta Kaffeine | Freeman’s Bay:
Freeman’s Bay just got better, Himavanta Kaffeine has opened it’s doors @ 189 Ponsonby Road. I love the colourful interior, the rustic charm and most of all the friendly and good-looking staff. I have been told that it won’t be long before a secret garden will be revealed in the courtyard behind the building and I can’t wait to see the end result. Thanks for the wonderful caffeine pets and welcome to the neighbourhood
ASB HQ Update | Wynyard Quarter:
The new ASB building is nearing completion and looking amazing. The “school of fish” on the exterior is advancing, I love how it glitters in the sunlight. Rumour has it that South African inspired steakhouse chain Ribs and Rumps has been acquired by The Coffee Club and will be opening their first Auckland store in The ASB building.
I have been told that Ribs and Rumps will be joined by Wagamama, the new-look HQ Bar, Columbus and a Juice Bar. We will have to wait and see. Fish Lane is under wraps and I for one can’t wait to see the finished product.
Illegal Parking Update:
I would like to provide you with an update regarding the illegal parking article. Thank you Auckland Transport and Waterfront Auckland for making the necessary changes and clamping down on illegal parkers. This afternoon I walked through Elliott Street and there was not one car parked there – it was fantastic !!! Furthermore, the bollards along Jellicoe Street @ Wynyard Quarter have all been moved forward so that cars no longer have any room to park there – bravo !
221 Ponsonby Road | Freeman’s Bay:
The usual suspects are jumping up and down again with their silly “reasons” to whinge. Can’t we just ship them to Australia ? There are already contemporary buildings mixed in with the oldies so what difference will this make. Each generation leaves their mark and now it is our turn to do just that. Freeman’s Bay is not a time capsule and should not be treated as one. All that is important is the quality of design and this proposal will definitely enhance the street.
The site where a proposed three-storey retail and apartment building will be built is currently a vile and unkept car park. Developer Neil Salter’s plan for the empty site on the corner of Ponsonby Rd and Pember Reeves St has two shops at street level and three apartments above. A report he commissioned by urban design consultant Clinton Bird said the building would be “unashamedly of its time and will appropriately avoid being a ‘pastiche’ of historic architectural styles”.
Mr Bird said the building would exhibit a particularly “human scale” and bring high-quality contemporary architecture to the mix of ages and styles that characterise Ponsonby Rd. It was appropriate, he said, to build right up to both the Ponsonby Rd and Pember Reeves St boundaries to ensure the shops’ commercial viability.