Lord Freyberg’s statue has been temporarily removed and construction’s started on upgrading one of the city’s shared urban spaces.
The upgrade to Freyberg Place and the refurbishment to the Ellen Melville Centre is a $10.71 million project jointly funded by the Waitemata Local Board and the City Centre Targeted Rate.
Work is under way to create a hub that will be child-friendly and appealing to inner-city residents, businesses and visitors.
However in July, councillor Mike Lee was doubtful of Auckland Council’s approach to the redevelopment.
‘‘Not many of the residents sup- port the do-up of Freyberg Place, they feel the flagstones need to be replaced, not a redesign,’’ he says.
The new layout is intending to be more accommodating, with more seating options, new paving and native trees.
The number of city centre residents tripled to more than 34,000 over the past 12 years and is growing.
The refurbishment of the Ellen Melville Centre will provide the public with improved amenities.
Businesses will remain open throughout the construction, however there will be some traffic and pedestrian disruption. The upgrades are expected to be completed by mid2017.