Mall im­prove­ments by end of year

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

Images are out on the up­per One­hunga Mall up­grade, which has been stalled for more than a decade.

Im­prov­ing pedes­tri­ans’ ex­pe­ri­ence and the street en­vi­ron­ment while re­duc­ing traf­fic are the key aims of the $2.6 mil­lion project.

The up­grade will take place on One­hunga Mall be­tween Grey and Arthur streets.

Streetscape

im­prove­ments in­clude new foot­paths, cross­ing points and road sur­face as well as built-up ar­eas with street fur­ni­ture and ad­di­tional trees.

Changes to the park­ing times and lo­ca­tions are pro­posed, af­ter busi­nesses com­plained about the park­ing lim­its last year ( Cen­tral Leader, Au­gust 6).

Con­struc­tion should begin in June and the project is ex­pected to be com­plete by Novem­ber. It is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board and Auck­land Trans­port.

Board chair­man Simon Randall says it is an ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated project.

The board will be work­ing with lo­cal busi­nesses to re­duce the im­pact of the up­grade, he says.

‘‘This work will be the cat­a­lyst for a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment to the over­all street en­vi­ron­ment of the north­ern sec­tion of One­hunga Mall.’’

New look: An artist’s im­pres­sion of what up­per One­hunga Mall could look like by the end of the year.

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