New fa­cil­i­ties com­ing to Ro­to­tuna

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Ro­to­tuna res­i­dents are about to see a year of large de­vel­op­ment with pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion set to take place on a new com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

A pro­ject team has been work­ing on the next stage of the Ro­to­tuna com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties de­vel­op­ment since Oc­to­ber.

This is be­ing guided by the hun­dreds of sug­ges­tions made in the open days late last year, the 10-Year Plan sub­mis­sions, and meet­ings with com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Coun­cil ap­proved $19.6 mil­lion in the 2018-2028 10-Year Plan for a li­brary, com­mu­nity spa­ces such as meet­ing rooms and an out­door plaza, as well as to in­ves­ti­gate the op­por­tu­ni­ties for non-rates in­vest­ment in a pool.

By Fe­bru­ary 2019, the pro­ject team ex­pects coun­cil to ap­prove up to three dif­fer­ent op­tions, on which the pub­lic will be in­vited to pro­vide feed­back.

Once the com­mu­nity feed­back is con­sid­ered, the pro­ject team will then rec­om­mend a fi­nal op­tion to coun­cil around May 2019.

“As the brief for Ro­to­tuna has al­ways been driven by, and is for the com­mu­nity, it is crit­i­cal they have in­put be­fore any de­ci­sions are made,” said the coun­cil’s Ro­to­tuna pro­ject team leader Natasha Ryan.

“There­fore, we are mak­ing sure when the op­tions are ap­proved for con­sul­ta­tion, they will be shared widely in the Ro­to­tuna com­mu­nity in­clud­ing schools, iwi, the North East­ern Com­mu­nity Hub, busi­nesses, eth­nic groups and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“We will run the en­gage­ment process for about six weeks to en­sure every­one who wants to, can have their say.”

The pro­ject team are con­sid­er­ing what size and shape the build­ings might be, how they in­te­grate with the out­side spa­ces and play­ing fields, how peo­ple will move around, how to make the spa­ces user friendly and ac­ces­si­ble to every­one, the types of fa­cil­i­ties peo­ple want and need now and in the fu­ture and how to en­sure the spe­cial char­ac­ter of Ro­to­tuna is re­alised in its new town cen­tre.

The fea­si­bil­ity as­sess­ment is also look­ing at the cost to build and op­er­ate, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for part­ner­ships.

A de­ci­sion on the pre­ferred op­tion for the com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties will hap­pen by June. Af­ter this time the de­tailed de­sign and con­sent­ing will get un­der way, with con­struc­tion planned for com­ple­tion in 2022.

Over the next three years the coun­cil is also in­vest­ing in other ma­jor pro­jects in the Ro­to­tuna area in­clud­ing the Bor­man Road ex­ten­sion, and the Gor­don­ton Road cor­ri­dor.

Traf­fic lights are set to be in­stalled by March at the Thomas Rd and Gor­don­ton Rd in­ter­sec­tion, while safety im­prove­ments have al­ready be­gun tak­ing place on the Gor­don­ton Rd cor­ri­dor.

The Res­o­lu­tion Drive ex­ten­sion from Bor­man Rd is also un­der con­struc­tion, and set to open in 2020 with the Waikato Ex­press­way.

Im­age / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

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