New schist seat­ing harks back to Old Cromwell style

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA DAWE

A ma­jor re­ju­ve­na­tion pro­ject for the Cromwell Mall got un­der way this week, with the first stage of the $2.4 mil­lion pro­ject start­ing. Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil prop­erty and fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Mike Kerr said the first stage, from in front of the Lode Lane toi­lets to the front of Sub­way, was ex­pected to take about 27 weeks. All of the paving and hard sur­faces would be re­moved, along with all of the planter beds and street light­ing. New paving, schist walls with seat­ing be­hind them, street lights and rub­bish bins would be in­stalled, as well as drink­ing foun­tains, gar­den ar­eas and trees, Mr Kerr said. ‘‘The aim is to re­ju­ve­nate the whole area, as it was built some time ago. ‘‘We’re try­ing to bring in parts of Old Cromwell Town with the schist walls and nat­u­ral rust­ing corten steel bins.’’ Mr Kerr said busi­ness own­ers had been con­sulted and the first stage of work had been sched­uled to have as lit­tle im­pact on busi­nesses as pos­si­ble. Busi­ness own­ers would be sent reg­u­lar up­dates on progress from coun­cil, he said. Stage one of the pro­ject will cost about $854,000. Stage two, re­vamp­ing the in­side of the Mall, is due to start in 2014 and is ex­pected to cost $1m. There are five stages in the full re­de­vel­op­ment plan.

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