Art, design and creating a distinct identity are central to a
draft plan for revitalising Dunedin's central city warehouse
The draft warehouse precinct revitalisation plan proposes a
welcoming, artistic area, not unlike that of Christchurch's
old Arts Centre or Auckland's Britomart, which includes
distinctive innovative street furniture, lighting, art
installations, trees and creative entrance ways.
The Dunedin City Council's policy planner (heritage), Dr Glen
Hazelton, released the plan recently, calling on Dunedin
residents to have their say on it before January 14.
At this stage, the proposal was to first upgrade amenities in
the Vogel St area, where significant private development was
already happening, he said.
Focusing on Vogel St first meant the council could have a
bigger effect in a small area and was less constrained by big
development projects that might be planned in the future and
could require reworking of amenities as a result.
The amenity work would be funded from the $500,000 set aside
in the council's budget for improvements in the precinct this
financial year, although the council was open to sponsorship
and partnership arrangements to see projects happen more
quickly than its budget alone allowed, Dr Hazelton said.
The work to be done before June next year was likely to
include planting trees and installing seating, lighting and
paving along Vogel St, planting trees at the northern
entrance to Bond St and widening pavements, reviewing parking
arrangements in Vogel St, and improving pedestrian access to
There would be a significant focus on integrating art and
design into amenity improvements and creating a distinctive
visual identity for the precinct, including creative entrance
ways and the installation of art works.
The investigation into making Crawford and Cumberland Sts
two-way and support for private developers to upgrade and
reuse heritage buildings in the area would continue this
financial year as well.
Working with the polytechnic and art school to undertake
temporary installations in empty spaces in the precinct, and
with Sammy's nightclub to upgrade the building and improve
the use of the space as a long-term entertainment venue, were
other options that could be prioritised, as could encouraging
the use of Queens Gardens and Vogel St for events.
A better harbour basin pedestrian link was something to be
investigated in the future but signage and lighting would
improve awareness of, and safety on, the connecting
Cumberland St overbridge in the meantime, the plan said.
Dr Hazelton encouraged people to read the draft plan, which
was available from the council or on its website, and give
their feedback either at an informal drop-in session at the
NMA Building in Water St between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on
December 11, or verbally or in writing to the council
directly by January 14.