City centre’s $7million upgrade starts
Work is about to start on the $7 million second stage of Porirua’s city centre upgrade.
A new children’s play area will be built and signage, lighting and CCTV cameras installed in the city centre. New seating will also be created as part of the Porirua City Council’s revitalisation project.
Work was due to start in the next few weeks and the first sign of construction would be a site compound set up in Ferry Place, a council spokeswoman said.
‘‘Over the next two months the remaining canopy poles will be removed, and the area for the new playground will be fenced off. New sewer and stormwater lines will be installed.’’
In the following two months the playground would be developed and work begun at Ferry Place, but access to businesses would be maintained and the council would put up signs to let people know it was business as usual in the city centre, she said.
‘‘We’ll also be running promotions to highlight businesses and encourage people to shop here.’’
The construction would mean temporary changes to the availability of parking space with 35 carparks would be provided for construction workers in Lydney Place North.
New and more effective CCTV cameras would replace the current camera and be installed towards the end of the year.
The upgrade begins just after work started on the city’s first residential apartments.
In 2016, the council sold the former NZ Post building in Serlby Place to property developer Ian Cassel’s The Wellington Company for $400,000.
The council bought the property in 2014 for $570,000 and spent a further $180,000 on insurance, rates, resource consents and building improvements. The Wellington Company will lease it for two years for $100,000, then buy it for $300,000.
The 36 apartments are due to be completed in November and will cater for a range of tenants including hotel-style units for business travellers, tourists, weekend visitors and students.
Cassels said they would be a mix of sizes and configurations and a new ground-floor commercial area would be included.
An artist’s impression of a new play area for Porirua CBD. The plan is part of a revitalisation of the city centre - the second stage will cost $7m.