New schist seating harks back to Old Cromwell style
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.