CBD Update - South entrance
The Greymouth CBD Redevelopment Forum* recently met to receive an update on the projects which are being actioned from the Greymouth CBD Redevelopment Plan.
A lot of work has been undertaken in past months to create concept plans to tidy up the town entrances and make them more inviting. These plans have been based on the Greymouth CBD Redevelopment Plan and earlier Greymouth Urban Design Framework. Staff have had discussions with KiwiRail and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to ensure any proposal complies with their requirements such as maintaining visibility and safety for motorists and train drivers. Council is happy to advise that these discussions have been very positive and KiwiRail and NZTA have approved the concept plans in principle. The next phase will be to develop detailed design and construction drawings to allow quotes and final stakeholder approvals to be obtained.
Initially work will be carried out on the main entrances by the big roundabout near Tainui Street town entrance. It is planned to have plantings consistent with the Town Square, i.e. Pohutukawas and grasses, as well as a feature stone wall, welcome sign and sand blasted stone carving. Additional trees will be planted either side of the main entrance ways, creating a visual path to draw the eye to the entrance to town. Whilst not officially a carpark, it is noted that cars have been parking in the empty space beside Lord Street near the roundabout. This area will no longer be able to be used for parking once work on the entrance ways begins and the space will be incorporated into the overall design with planting and grass to enhance the overall positive impression.
The work on the entranceways is funded from a grant for this purpose from the Provincial Growth Fund and Council reserves.
Other work is also being carried out on improvements to the Greymouth CBD area. Council is working alongside the Greymouth Business and Promotions Association on a variety of beautification initiatives, such as floodwall artwork (complete), murals, additional planter boxes, lighting and interpretation panels.
There are plans to redo the existing gardens in the CBD area consistent with planting used in the Town Square and proposed entranceways, creating a cohesive and fresh look within our town. Signage and interpretation panels to tell stories from our history and community will be installed. Staff will also shortly start work on a CBD Parking Study to investigate if we have enough parking in the CBD; if not, how can it be increased; and directional signage to show people where such car parks are. These are all projects from the Greymouth CBD Redevelopment Plan.
There are lots of exciting projects in the pipeline to add vibrancy and an improved look to our CBD and we look forward to getting these underway.
* Greymouth CBD Redevelopment Forum is made up of representatives from Grey District Council, Development West Coast, Greymouth Business & Promotions Association and Mawhera Incorporation.