The changing face of the city
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.’’
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.