Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Invercargill eyes new entertainment precinct

Invercargill City Council will next week receive preliminary designs for the transformation of Don and Esk Streets into the entertainment and social hub of the region.

Working alongside Council, urban design specialist Isthmus Group has created the plan for the city centre with input from the local community.

Council Infrastructure Group Manager, Erin Moogan said the design aimed to turn Don Street into Invercargill’s “entertainment street” while Esk Street will become the social heart of the city.

“The urban design reflects the city’s environment and history, taking input from Waihōpai Runaka. It considers a range of impacts including weather, sustainability, play, parking, and movement about the centre,” said Ms Moogan.

“This is a fantastic project for Southland, transforming our city centre into a more attractive place in which people want to spend time. We’re also working closely with other city developments to create connections and align work. We’re working at pace so all this work can be finished at the same time.

“It’s an exciting project, however we know the construction phase will be disruptive to retailers, businesses and visitors. We’re keen to keep talking with businesses and the community and we’ll be inviting them to an information session about the design later in May.”

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