Plaza planned in Ma­hara Place

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Ideas for im­prov­ing Ma­hara Place by cre­at­ing a plaza were wel­comed by Waikanae Com­mu­nity Board fol­low­ing months of work from the Ma­hara Place De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee (MPDC).

MPDC, made up of lo­cal busi­ness and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives, has been work­ing with coun­cil to as­sess de­signs de­vel­oped with the com­mu­nity in 2014 and 2016 to make sure they are fit for pur­pose. Coun­cil­lor Michael Scott com­mended the de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee’s work and wel­comed steps to im­prove vi­brancy of the area.

Group man­ager in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Sean Mal­lon said plans for the plaza in­clude an open event space, gar­dens and ar­eas for sit­ting and re­lax­ing as well as new paving and light­ing.

“We want to make Ma­hara Place a lot more vi­brant, a place where peo­ple want to go and spend time and that is well con­nected to other ar­eas of the town cen­tre.

“The next steps are to work up de­tailed de­signs which we will share with the pub­lic in Novem­ber. We hope to start ma­jor con­struc­tion in early 2019 but may need to start some of the mi­nor pre-works sooner.”

Mr Mal­lon said as well as the plaza MPDC has been work­ing on ideas for fu­ture im­prove­ments in Ma­hara Place.

“Things like im­prov­ing the laneways from the marae and the lane area from SH1 as well as the en­trance­way from the li­brary end, and pos­si­bly a new play­ground, pro­vide a vi­sion for how the area could evolve into the heart of Waikanae town cen­tre.”

The planned up­grade is part of the coun­cil’s 14-year town cen­tre im­prove­ments pro­gramme.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the vi­sion, and other re­lated projects hap­pen­ing in the area visit www.kapiti­ waikanae-town-cen­tre

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