Kiosk to replace i-Site in CBD
Car park redesign and toilets also planned
New public toilets and a kiosk costing $ 500,000 are to be installed in Cobham Court in Porirua’s city centre by October, and approval has been given to demolish the i-Site building.
The first stage of a redesign for the car park was signed off by Porirua City councillors at last Thursday’s Te Komiti meeting. Architects from the Isthmus Group outlined options for the kiosk, which will likely have a retail tenant and will be placed opposite the i-Site. A tenant is being sought. A grassed area where the central strip of car parks will be built to create a wider pedestrian space, complete with seating.
Resurfacing paved areas, removal of some car parks, lighting and signage will cost about $960,000. Work begins in May.
The redesigned car park will still be a one-way layout.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said it was a while coming, but he was complimentary of the architects’ work.
‘‘The residents will be excited to see stuff happening,’’ he said. ‘‘This is part of a good action plan and it will make the area that much more attractive.’’
Councillor Ken Douglas said the refreshed look for Cobham Court was good and that speed in getting the work done was important.
Te Komiti chairman Euon Murrell said attracting quality retailers to the city centre was crucial, so a kiosk, along with other initiatives like pop- up shops and exhibitions in vacant shops, was positive.
Longer- term improvements include a shared vehicle/pedestrian reconfiguration for Serlby Place, roading layout changes, improved access to Cobham Court from the railway station and new bus shelters in Station Rd.
The future of the Canopies will go out for public comment as part of the council long-term plan process.
Murrell said he was getting excellent feedback about the openness without the coverings, but comment from the public was needed because there were three options – full replacement, part replacement or no replacement.
New layout: An artist’s impression of the new Cobham Court layout, with kiosk and public toilets.