Fewer park­ing spa­ces in CBD

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

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