An upgrade of the main pedestrian thoroughfare linking
the chief post office hotel development and central Dunedin
might be on hold after the budget could not be stretched far
The work on the north section of Bond St is part of the first
stage of general amenity upgrades of the historic warehouse
and Exchange area and includes kerbing, pavements, cycle
racks, lighting, trees and bespoke seats in some parts of
Vogel, Jetty and Bond Sts.
The work is intended to link the warehouse precinct and
Exchange and encourage development and revitalisation in
The council signed off $500,000 for the work last year, but
because the lowest tender was higher than expected and there
were unforeseen problems during construction, the north Bond
St work would not be done unless extra funding was found,
acting urban design team leader Glen Hazelton told
councillors in a report to be considered on Monday.
The unexpected issues included requirements by the New
Zealand Historic Places Trust to protect and re-lay original
bluestone kerbing in Vogel St, additional drainage works
after concrete was found under the street and extra digging
after stormwater pipes were in different locations to what
He put forward three options for councillors to consider.
Either do the works on the north Bond St section, which
involved at this stage some paving and kerb improvements and
cycle racks, at a later date, probably in the 2015-16
financial year; find another $60,000 and do the works as
planned; or find up to $115,000 and improve the street
lighting and/or plant trees in Bond St, as well.
The last option would have the advantage of improving the
area between Rattray St/Queens Gardens to the redeveloped
chief post office and the front entrance of the new hotel, on
Bond St, which would be the main pedestrian connection
between the hotel and the city. It would demonstrate the
council's commitment to further amenity improvements in the
The first option would risk the warehouse precinct remaining
isolated from the exchange area.
His report made no recommendation, but noted the council's
transportation operations budget had a favourable variance of
$80,000 if an option requiring additional budgets was chosen.