WHO IS PITA STREET DEVELOPMENT LIMITED?
Pita Street Development Limited was formed in March 2003 by Gilbert James of Thames. The company was formed with the purpose of developing a marina on or adjacent the 7ha of land owned by Gilbert and Anne James. The land is located next to the unformed road named Pita Street and Furey’s Creek adjacent Patuikirkiri Reserve.
Pita Street Development Limited is a registered company. More information can be found in the Contact Us page.
WHY DOES COROMANDEL NEED AN ALL-TIDE MARINE GATEWAY?
Coromandel Town currently has no all-tide marine facilities to cater for the growing demand for access to the marine environment. The existing wharfs at Sugarloaf and Hannaford’s in Te Kouma Road over 9kms from the township, but both existing facilities are heavily congested and have no available land for expansion without significant reclamation. Both existing facilities have a lack of parking and a number of health and safety risks associated with combining industry and recreational operations on one site.
Discussions with Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) and the Coromandel-Colville Community Board (CCCB) over the past 2 years has shown a strong desire for an appropriately-sized marine facility in Coromandel, to help alleviate current risks and issues at other sites
Key CCCB and TCDC inner harbour development criteria has included the need to get ferry and charter passengers directly into Coromandel Town as a minimum, with other desires including the provision for boat storage/haul-out and improved all-tide access for recreational boating facilities to name a few. The “Coromandel Marine Gateway” will certainly provide for this criteria and much more.
WHO WILL PAY FOR AND OWN THE NEW MARINE FACILITY?
Pita Street Development Ltd intends to provide up to $15M of the required funding towards the build cost of the marine facility on its own land. It is anticipated that funding will be sought from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for the dredging of the adjacent public waterway (Furey’s Creek), which will unlock Coromandel’s all tide marine access and potential for all users.
Once the facility has been developed the parts within private land will be owned by a number of locally-based individuals and businesses as well as the shareholders of Pita Street Development. Furey’s Creek is currently a public waterway and will continue to be publically owned with open access for all users going forward.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY?
The proposed development will establish a marine basin and marine service facility in Coromandel Town to provide the following benefits:
- A ferry landing terminal right in Coromandel Town with direct daily services to and from Auckland City –(currently almost 14,000 passengers each year use the service into Hannaford’s Jetty – Hannaford’s Jetty is 9kms south of Coromandel Town);
- Provision for new marine-focused businesses in nearby township – Bringing 180 trailer boats, 35+ pleasure boats and 12 charter boats right into Coromandel Town will provide many opportunities for existing and new marine businesses to flourish in the Town;
- A central facility for Fishing and Diving Charter operators based in Coromandel Town – (currently over 18,000 punters each year use the facility at Hannaford’s);
- Hardstand storage for 28 boats up to 12 metres in length – providing convenient access for boaties who want to store their boats in the Coromandel, but out of the water;
- Travel lift haul-out, ancillary marine services and maintenance areas – providing another option for minor maintenance and boat preparation right in town;
- Boat-rack on land storage for 180 trailer boats - Safe and secure boat storage taking 180 boat trailers off the road;
- 10-12 marine side apartments with jetties– For those who may choose to relocate to Coromandel and use the more convenient commuter ferry service.