Councillors gave the Elizabeth Street upgrade the go ahead today. The upgrade will tie in with the Farmers development, a significant development for Tauranga’s city centre, which will bring a major anchor store back to the area, as well as hundreds of new residents. Council is investing in the streetscape, in partnership with Farmers, and the proposed upgrade will be completed in time for the opening of the Farmers store, currently scheduled for April 2021.
The upgrade of Elizabeth Street will not only support local businesses but create an attractive, people-focused environment which will complement the Farmers development and contribute to the revitalisation of the city centre, it’s look and feel, and economy.
General Manager Community Services Gareth Wallis stresses the long-term benefits the upgrade presents for the city.
“Upgrading this part of our city provides amenity the city centre is lacking at the moment and sets us up for future development opportunities – this is a long-term investment for our businesses and people,” Gareth said.
“It also reflects what the community told us. The majority of feedback received from the community, stakeholders and existing city centre residents and businesses supported the upgrade councillors agreed on today. We’ve listened carefully and made adjustments to the design to respond to the feedback received.
The upgrade will result in significant safety and amenity improvements on Elizabeth Street, with improvements on First Avenue and Devonport Road and an upgrade of the laneway between Elizabeth Street and First Avenue.
Parking will be changed to a parallel arrangement on both sides of Elizabeth Street. This will allow for a welcoming park space providing more room for social interaction, street performers, and places to have a break from work or shopping at the south end of the city centre. The laneway upgrade will provide an attractive thoroughfare and active interface with the Farmers development in the future.
First Ave and Devonport Road will be upgraded with line marking and speed calming measures, pedestrians and cyclists will be prioritised and other safety upgrades will take place. Water and wastewater renewals and upgrades are required around the block and will take place along with stormwater improvements.
Following today’s decision, council will now progress to detailed design and continue to work closely with affected businesses throughout the next phase of this project to minimise the impact of the planned works.
Next steps will be made available at www.tauranga.govt.nz/elizabethstreet