One version of how Princes St outside the former chief post
office could look in the future, taken from the Dunedin
City Council's central city plan. Image supplied
With so much development momentum in the central city
south of the Octagon, the time is right to plan improvements to
Princes St, the Dunedin City Council says.
A workshop for owners of buildings and businesses in the area
is to he held next week.
And on August 14, a public workshop will be held at the
Dunedin Public Art Gallery to discuss what people think could
be done to improve Princes St between Moray Pl and Jervois
The workshops will be similar to those held before decisions
were made about street lighting, planting and other
improvements recently made in Vogel, Bond and Rattray Sts in
the warehouse precinct.
The workshops were the ''start of a conversation'' around the
''really positive stuff'' happening in Princes St at the
moment, where there were some big projects going on,
including the redevelopment of the Barton's Building, the
former BNZ building and the former chief post office, council
heritage policy planner Glen Hazelton said.
''There's possibly less vacancies than we've had down there
for decades and we want to know how we can work with people
to sustain that momentum and what are the other things we
could do in the future to improve it.''
It was important to discuss it now as the council headed into
its long-term planning exercise next year.
''It will be good to know what are some of the things we
could be looking at in the future, but we really have no set
ideas at this stage.''
The workshops also brought together building owners who
started doing things themselves. The council wanted to
encourage that collaboration between them and independently
Some of the things that had happened in the warehouse
precinct had not involved the council spending any money or,
in some cases, just staff time helping out - for example,
street art in Vogel St, which was paid for by building
Even while delivering invitations for the workshops, some
little issues had started popping up. For example, people had
already indicated there were not enough bins and no recycling
bins, Dr Hazelton said.
''It's little things like that that are actually just a tweak
to the [council's work] programme and we can do them.''
The work would build on the council's plan for the central
city area, which discussed possible improvements to
pavements, road layout changes, parking and street lighting,
more trees or other plants, public art or historic
information about the area, bins, seating or cycle racks.
They were all things that had happened or were planned for
the warehouse precinct.
''There are some visions of the types of things you could do,
but we really don't know what people will like, and we don't
know if there is support for that type of thing, or if we
should be sticking to other things first.''
It was hoped people's contributions at the workshop would
provide some direction.