Chows’ super-brothel plan is off

NZ Herald 30 March 2014
Strip club owners the Chow brothers have dropped plans for a controversial, central-city, 15-floor super-brothel, in a last-minute backdown welcomed by opponents of Auckland’s burgeoning flesh trade.

The proposed brothel, across the road from SkyCity casino and the thriving Federal St restaurant precinct, had been approved by the Auckland Council — disregarding concerns it would create a 24/7 sex, booze and crime neighbourhood.

But this weekend, in an exclusive interview with the Herald on Sunday, John Chow said a bruising liquor licensing battle had exhausted the brothers’ patience.

“I think with the new liquor licence and the law change, we will be looking to reconsider our project opposite SkyCity,” he said. “We need to balance the risks and make a commercial decision. The project had been dragging on for some time, and sometimes you lose your mojo.”

The Chows will consider building apartments or a hotel, or might sell the land which has been vacant since November 2010.