Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rotondo Development Appeal for Donations

Dear Titirangi Residents and Supporters,

We are writing to inform you about a development that threatens the character of Titirangi Village and which has been approved by Waitakere City Council.

This development, proposed by the Rotondo family, is to be built on public land on the corner of Titirangi and South Titirangi Roads, opposite Lopdell House. It will replace the current carpark and public toilets.

The development is extremely large and will form a solid wall from the end of the existing shops, along to the corner and down South Titirangi Rd to the current carpark entrance. It will be 3 storeys high, 11m from the Titirangi Rd frontage, rising to 15m high on South Titirangi Rd.

It will comprise retail on the ground floor, offices on the 2nd floor and apartments on the 3rd floor. It will be covered with horizontal brown corrugated metal cladding.

The Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association has appealed the decision of the Council to grant consent for this development to the Environment Court. We feel that it is too large and urban in its nature for the Village, that it will dominate the landscape, compete with Lopdell House and set a precedent for future buildings of this scale to be permitted.

We seek that the scale and size of the building is reduced, not that it is removed altogether. We accept that some development will occur on this site.

However, we need your help if we are to succeed. We urgently need financial donations to fight this case. If you are able to help us by making a donation, or by assisting with fundraising for this appeal then please contact us or send a cheque made out to “Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association” to PO Box 60-203, Titirangi. Please mark that the cheque is towards the “Rotondo Appeal”.

If you have any questions, or would like to join the Association, please contact:
Greg Presland on 817 3368 or 021 998411 or
Mels Barton on 816 8337 or 021 213 7779

You can see photo mockups of the development below.

Thanks very much for your support.

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