Friday, July 19, 2024

New life for old Hastings buildings

Hastings District Council has revealed plans to revitalise the western end of Hastings city.

The plan includes a repurposing and reimagining of vacant buildings at 206 Queen St West and 223 Heretaunga St West – once home to the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Co-operative Association and, more recently, Briscoes.

The revitalisation proposal would see the creation of quality apartment inner city living, extra carparks, a pedestrian laneway connecting to Heretaunga St, and a pocket park, with additional space for two commercial tenancies.

An artist’s impression of the revitalisation.

Hastings Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst said it would be another exciting step towards the vision of creating more inner city green spaces, enhancing connections around the city, and showcasing how inner city living can work.

“We’ve done an enormous amount of work in the eastern blocks of Hastings and this is a flagship project for the western end that will add to the street upgrades and enhancements that are underway or starting soon,” she said.

“This building has historic importance for our city, and this is proposed to be reflected in the new development that will honour that past, and enhance it for the future.

“We made a change to our District Plan in 2019 to make it easier to build residential accommodation in our city and it’s very exciting to make this happen.”

While the proposal is to demolish the existing buildings, their heritage facades will be retained and the new design would reflect the original Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Co-operative garage – and incorporate the Art Deo and Zig-Zag moderne architectural elements of nearby buildings.

A new three-storey quality residential apartment building would be built at Queen St end with 18 apartments and private carparking for them. There would also be some public carparking provided as well, the Council said in a statement.

A public pocket park adjacent to the apartments is envisaged to incorporate native plantings echoing the wetland that occupied the area before flooding in 1867 changed the landscape.

This natural environment will also be reflected in decorative elements in the laneway leading to Heretanga St, using kōwhaiwhai, tukutuku and taniko patterns, Council said.

The Resource Consent for the work was publicly notified on Saturday, October 8.

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