Fewer parking spaces in CBD
The Porirua CBD will lose 29 car parks as part of a central business district revitalisation plan.
Porirua City Council is investing $ 21 million over 10 years in the project. Removing the canopies this year was the council’s first big move in reviving the city centre and came at a heavy cost to ratepayers. The next step will focus on the Cobham Court area.
The central median strip in the car park will be extended to connect with the new village green and create a wider pedestrian space that will include grassed areas and seating.
This extension will cut out the central row of 29 car parks. The estimated cost for the CBD section of the project is $960,000 and construction was set to start in May.
General manager strategy and planning Wendy Walker said while the project involves the loss of carparks, it will be good for Porirua’s centre. Walker also said nearby parking in Ferry Place and Lydney Place North is currently underutilised and that there is also paid parking available on the old Challenge site opposite Cobham Court, as well as on street parking.
During the construction of the new space, parking will still be available in Cobham Court.
Te Komiti chairman Euon Murrell said attracting more quality retailers into the city centre relies on a suite of initiatives. Cobham Court now falls under the council’s new market quarter and is currently the main focus of the revitalisation project.
Coming stages will see the construction of a new building to accommodate public toilets and a kiosk in Cobham Court adjacent to the i-Site. A tenant for the kiosk is currently being sought.
The estimated cost for the project is $500,000 and the aim is to begin construction in June.
An artist’s impression of what the redevelopment of Cobham Court could look like.