The chang­ing face of the city

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - PAUL MITCHELL

Palmer­ston North de­vel­op­ers have been busy work­ing on projects that have helped drive an eight year high in build­ing con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions for April. FMG’s new head­quar­ters, the largest of­fice de­vel­op­ment in the CBD in al­most 30 years, a Farm­ers Home store on Ran­gi­tikei St, and and the up­com­ing re­de­vel­op­ment of Massey’s Hokowhitu cam­pus are some of the projects shaping the cityscape.

Humphries Con­struc­tion direc­tor Paul Humphries said con­struc­tion of the new FMG of­fices on the cor­ner of Pitt and Church streets was about to reach a ma­jor mile­stone with the foun­da­tions to be com­pleted within a cou­ple of weeks.The build­ing was ex­pected to be fin­ished by late 2017. Humphries Con­struc­tion was also on track to com­plete the new Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy build­ing, at the site of the for­mer Ao­rangi Hospi­tal, in Grey St be­fore Christ­mas, he said.

Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager for cus­tomer ser­vices Peter Eathorne said ap­pli­ca­tions were back to more nor­mal lev­els af­ter a peak of 120 in April.By July that had set­tled down to 86.

Brian Green Prop­erty Group owner Brian Green said ‘‘There’s plenty to keep us busy, the city seems to be boom­ing along quite well.’’ Work on their 3000sqm re­tail de­vel­op­ment on Ran­gi­tikei St was well ad­vanced,on tar­get for a new Farm­ers Home store and a Repco to start mov­ing into the build­ing in Oc­to­ber, Green said. Wal­lace De­vel­op­ment man­ager Tim Fitz-Her­bert said their big­gest up­com­ing project was devel­op­ing Massey’s Hokowhitu cam­pus.‘‘It’s a fo­cus for the next 12 months. We’re look­ing at our op­tions and work­ing with the coun­cil on the long term plan­ning for the site.’’

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

Clock­wise from top left: The new TAB on Fitzher­bert Ave, the Ran­gi­tikei re­tail de­vel­op­ment, stage one of the Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy build­ing and the site of the new FMG of­fices at the cor­ner of Pitt and Church streets.

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