City central streets getting upgrades
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.