Canopy poles be­ing re­moved soon

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

The con­struc­tion of the sec­ond phase of Porirua’s $21 mil­lion city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion could get un­der way in July.

The first change the pub­lic can ex­pect is the re­moval of the white poles that held up the canopies.

Cost­ing about $100,000, this is ex­pected to take place this month or in March. The canopies them­selves were re­moved in Jan­uary 2014.

By mid-year the ten­der­ing process will have started for the pub­lic space works, in­clud­ing new chil­dren’s play ar­eas, a water fea­ture, shade el­e­ments and land­scap­ing in Cob­ham Court, Hartham Pl North and where the old i-Site build­ing used to be.

Con­struc­tion work should be­gin in July and take a mat­ter of months to com­plete.

This phase of the CBD up­grade is ex­pected to cost about $7m and was ap­proved in June.

Phase one in­cluded de­mo­li­tion of the i-Site build­ing and Lyt­tel­ton Ave toi­let block, and in­stal­la­tion of the toi­let and kiosk in Cob­ham Court.

John Burke was the only Porirua City coun­cil­lor to vote against phase two when it came be­fore coun­cil’s City De­liv­ery com­mit­tee meet­ing on Thurs­day.

He said in­ad­e­quate shel­ter for res­i­dents and re­tail­ers in the CBD was ‘‘mad­ness’’. ‘‘All of this seems like show pony stuff and I think there will be health is­sues stem­ming from chil­dren get­ting wet and cold [in the wet play area].

‘‘I have se­ri­ous doubts about this.’’

All other coun­cil­lors, and mayor Mike Tana, were in favour of the project.

Coun­cil­lor Ross Leggett said the CBD was get­ting a new lease on life.

‘‘We are set­ting a stan­dard for some­thing dis­tinc­tive.’’

Feed­back on phase 2 , car­ried out last Au­gust and Septem­ber, did vary, ac­cord­ing to a re­port to coun­cil­lors.

It ranged from ’’it might be worth com­ing down here [to the CBD] now’’ to crit­i­cism that a wet play area won’t work as there was nowhere to change wet chil­dren.

Coun­cil noted ‘‘as is of­ten the case, most com­ments on so­cial me­dia were crit­i­cal and re­lated to the cost of the project.

Artist im­pres­sions of the Porirua CBD re-devel­op­ment.

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