Large projects bring visible changes
Putaruru is a town of progress this month.
Work is under way clearing parts of the former Carter Holt Harvey mill from Princes St, the international food court is nearing completion and the timber museum is being prepared for redevelopment.
The timber mill site was bought by three investors last month with plans to transform it into an industrial park.
Workers have been at the mill for the past two weeks clearing rubbish and dismantling buildings.
Progress on the food court, to occupy the former post office building, is easy to spot from state highway one through Putaruru.
South Waikato News understands the facility could be open by year’s end.
South of Putaruru the timber museum has been closed while the first part of the site’s redevelopment takes place.
The multi-million dollar museum project will involve moving buildings to create a visitors centre.
Eventually facilities will be built for backpackers and caravan users. A nature reserve will be established and the museum’s exhibits rejuvenated.