Skatepark plans change

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The new Whitby su­per­mar­ket will pro­vide an ex­tra 20 jobs in the sub­urb but plans for a new skatepark have to go back to the draw­ing board, it was re­vealed last week.

As part of the Whitby Res­i­dent As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual meet­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Food­stuffs, who own the New World chain, were in­vited to out­line progress devel­op­ment. They said the store would be much like the newly-opened New World in New­lands, with a floor area of nearly 2700-square me­tres.

Owner/ op­er­a­tor Mark Roach said their pri­mary con­cern was to get the su­per­mar­ket built, with other de­vel­op­ments such as re­tail, a cafe or petrol pumps to be con­sid­ered at a later stage. Build­ing work should be­gin at the end of this year for an open­ing late in 2014, he said.

Food­stuffs’ se­nior re­tail devel­op­ment man­ager Joanna Sharpe said plans for a skatepark were hav­ing to be ad­justed.

‘‘ There is a site [ fur­ther north in Dis­cov­ery Dr] that has been ap­proved and we have a skatepark de­sign com­pany do­ing the work. The ini­tial de­sign was too large so that is be­ing cor­rected and it will go to the [Porirua City] coun­cil for ap­proval.’’

Ms Sharpe con­firmed there would be lights at the skatepark. In re­sponse to a res­i­dent’s ques­tion, she said bro­ken yel­low lines were likely near the en­trance to the skatepark to stop cars park­ing near the bend. At the su­per­mar­ket, 322 car parks would be pro­vided, which could be shared by users of Ad­ven­ture Park, with 86 of those un­der­ground.

Staff would in­crease from 80 to 100 and there would be four full check­outs, four ex­press lanes and two self­ser­vice units. There will also be home de­liv­er­ies and the abil­ity to buy on­line and have your or­der stored for pickup.

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