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What will Lower Hutt look like in ten years? That is a ques­tion to think about as a num­ber of ma­jor projects get un­der way.

This week we note that work has fi­nally started on Lower Hutt’s long promised ho­tel. Last week, the coun­cil suc­cess­fully sold the BNZ site to de­vel­oper Ian Cas­sels. The new events cen­tre and town hall is near­ing com­ple­tion, as is Fraser Park Sportsville.

Details of RiverLink, turn­ing the city to­wards the Hutt River, are start­ing to emerge with pre­lim­i­nary plans for the Melling In­ter­change.

RiverLink will have a dra­matic im­pact on the city and should hope­fully lead to the much needed in­ter­change.

Un­for­tu­nately, it also means that the River­bank Mar­ket will need a new home, al­though ex­actly where that is, is any­one’s guess.

It all means that in ten to 15 years, Lower Hutt will look very dif­fer­ent from what it does to­day.

It has taken years of plan­ning to get to this stage and hope­fully RiverLink will go ahead with­out ma­jor hur­dles or de­lays.

— Ni­cholas Boy­ack, se­nior re­porter.

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