Building rumours 6: 24-34 Taranaki St
It's been a bit quiet on the building rumours front for a while, but here's something new. The Brendon Motors site at 24-34 Taranaki St has long seemed ripe for development, and now Deep Red (from whom I nicked this photo) has a picture of the site labelled "Land Equity Group Building, possible requisition of adjacent space".
The Land Equity Group Building (officially "182 on Wakefield") is the one on the right, above the Green Parrot. They're the developers behind the Watermark apartments across the road, and I've heard some speculation that they may have purchased the Brendon Motors site simply to preserve views for the Watermark. That seems a little unlikely, since given the 43.8m height limits in the area there's little that anything on the site could block beyond that which is already blocked by 182 on Wakefield.
Perhaps the time has finally come to knock down the Brendon Motors building and build the apartment development that this site is clearly suited for? I could envisage some creative uses of the 75% volume rule in the proposed new Central Area rules, maximising sun and views while creating something more interesting than a rectangular block. Even if that doesn't happen, it would require a real talent for ugliness to design something worse than the back end of the James Smith carpark.
Adding further fuel to the speculation is the fact that the other tenants of the existing building have moved around the corner to Dixon St, shocking the locals with their rather more public lewdness. That could purely been to take advantage of a more prominent site (Santa Fe's owner says that business is better in the new location), or it could have been forced upon them by impending demolition. Does anyone know for sure what's going to happen here? And while I'm digging for rumours, does anyone know whether Endup still exists?