Freyberg Place upgrade
Lord Freyberg’s statue has been temporarily removed and construction’s started on upgrading one of Auckland 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 vibrant community hub that will be child-friendly and appealing to inner-city residents, businesses and visitors.
However in July, Waitemata councillor Mike Lee was doubtful of Auckland Council’s approach to the redevelopment.
‘‘Not many of the residents support the doup of Freyberg Place, they feel the flagstones need to be replaced, not a redesign,’’ he says.
Lee was also concerned the statue of Lord Freyberg disappeared without notice, but was assured it had been taken and stored before the construction began.
Freyberg Place is named after Lord Bernard Freyberg who served in both World War I