Redevelopments, do-ups and office shifts abound in Hamilton’s CBD, with one market watcher describing it as far beyond what the city’s seen before. Tenants looking for better buildings are spurring work around the city, NAI Harcourts managing director Mike Neale said.
‘‘I look at where we were 10 years ago, it was fairly dire. You look at it now: building by building, you’re seeing either refurbishment or redevelopment or demolition and rebuild. We’re seeing it on a vast scale.’’
A host of projects are under way or in the pipeline: an ASB regional centre opposite Centre Place, an old Countdown building being turned into a Genesis Energy office, Sudima Hotel building getting a makeover. Waikato Regional council is looking at a CBD move, Corrections moved to a new London St office, and Waikato District Health Board is reworking the former Farmers building. A new theatre is looking likely, Neale said, and more CBD fringe spots are being turned into high-density housing.