City cen­tral streets get­ting up­grades

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

New out­door seat­ing, veg­e­ta­tion and light­ing may soon grace the in­ner-city ar­eas of El­liott and Darby streets.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil has started con­sul­ta­tion on draft de­signs and says the area is evolv­ing as a des­ti­na­tion with a distinc­tive style for busi­ness, shop­ping and din­ing.

It is a pri­or­ity for the coun­cil’s cen­tral city streetscape up­grades.

The coun­cil says the pro­posed up­grade of El­liott and Darby streets will trans­form the use of the streets, mak­ing them more at­trac­tive places for peo­ple to shop, re­lax, dine and spend time in.

When com­plete, the up­grade will pro­vide high qual­ity paving, mod­ern street fur­ni­ture and new out­door pub­lic seat­ing, veg­e­ta­tion and light­ing, it says.

The coun­cil is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a shared space con­cept for El­liott St to com­bine rather than separate the street’s func­tions so it is im­proved for pedes­tri­ans with­out hav­ing to ban traf­fic.

The El­liott St de­sign pro­poses paving across the en­tire width and the re­moval of kerb­ing to al­low eas­ier pedestrian ac­cess.

The coun­cil has pro­posed Darby St be trans­formed into a pedestrian mall.

This would see it closed to all ve­hi­cles ex­cept emer­gency ve­hi­cles and bi­cy­cles and is aimed at com­ple­ment­ing sim­i­lar streets in the area – Swan­son St, Vul­can Lane, Ex­change Lane and Durham St West.

“For our lead­ing city to com­pete with other in­ter­na­tional cities it is vi­tal we look at best prac­tice ur­ban de­sign ini­tia­tives like shared space and pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment which is more pedestrian friendly and more at­trac­tive,” says chair­man of the arts, cul­ture and re­cre­ation com­mit­tee Greg Moyle.

The coun­cil will re­ceive feed­back on the pro­posal un­til 5pm on July 31.

The pro­ject is part of a 10year pro­gramme to trans­form cen­tral city streets and open spa­ces.

Visit www.auck­land­c­ity. govt.nz/cbd or re­quest a brochure by call­ing 379-2020.

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