Lighting goes in square makeover
$158,000 increase, to come from the CBD targeted rate.
Auckland city mayor John Banks says all of the extra cost will be picked up by central city ratepayers, with no cost to the wider community.
If costs couldn’t be covered by the special rate, there would have been substantial changes made.
“We just don’t have a council that can buy into additional costs at this difficult time,” says Mr Banks.
But he says the area deserves a good outcome.
Further savings of up to $371,000 could be made if the paving pattern for the project is revised.
This will be considered by the Urban Design Panel and CBD Board.
Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney says he was surprised at the council’s decision to postpone the lighting and reconsider the paving pattern.
He says it flies in the face of the board and design panel’s recommendations.
“Quality always pays off in the long run,” he says.
“While we applaud thriftiness, it’s often quite short-term.”