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.

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