Your in­put sought on fu­ture of the CBD

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

New din­ing and open ar­eas in the city cen­tre could be­come re­al­ity within five years. And Auck­lan­ders can have a say on what they will look like.

Many peo­ple are said to be frus­trated with the low qual­ity spa­ces in the city.

Cold, shaded and un­invit­ing are words which have been used to de­scribe one of the in­ner city’s pub­lic ar­eas, Queen El­iz­a­beth Square.

It was con­demned as a fail­ure by the gov­ern­ment of 1977 and sell­ing the square was de­bated in Septem­ber this year.

The idea will be put to the pub­lic but the fi­nal decision will be the coun­cil’s.

About 45,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to be liv­ing in the city cen­tre by 2032.

City lead­ers are con­cerned about a lack of open space for the ex­pected in­flux.

Funds from the square’s sale will go to­wards the cre­ation of two new pub­lic spa­ces in down­town Auck­land, along the water­front.

Sev­eral pub­lic spa­ces and projects are up for dis­cus­sion in a new on­line survey at sha­peauck­land.co.nz.

It fol­lows the re­lease of the Down­town Frame­work in Septem­ber, a blue­print for what Auck­land’s cen­tral city could look like.

Twelve projects, in­clud­ing re­design­ing Lower Queen St, Queens Wharf and Quay St into shared spa­ces for peo­ple and ve­hi­cles, are in­cluded in the frame­work.

Auck­land’s de­sign cham­pion Ludo Camp­bel­lReid says giv­ing peo­ple a ‘‘Koru Lounge bus ser­vice’’ on Lower Al­bert St and mak­ing parts of the city more friendly will give Auck­land a com­pet­i­tive edge glob­ally.

The fu­ture of the cen­tral wharves, in­clud­ing Cap­tain James Cook and Princes, could be­come pub­lic space.

Each wharf could have its own use – events and gath­er­ings in one space, eat­ing and re­lax­ing in another, and play and recre­ation in yet another, the coun­cil says.

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