$1m upgrade for Newlands town centre
Work on a significant upgrade on Newlands town centre is to begin in the next few weeks.
Work on a new New World supermarket is already well underway and work is about to start on the upgrade of the adjacent Wellington City Council-owned McMillan Court car park and mall area.
The improvements are expected to take about five months and be finished towards the end of the year. The work is costing about $1 million, partly funded by the sale of council land to Foodstuffs to enable the supermarket development to go ahead.
The work is part of the Newlands Centre Plan to provide better public spaces and amenities, encourage investment, and have a greater range of shops and services in the suburb.
"The suburb has been without a supermarket for many years so these are very positive changes - not just for Newlands but Woodridge and Paparangi too,'' Councillor Iona Pannett said.
The supermarket was expected to open later this year.
As part of the plan, the new car park will have a courtyard next to the supermarket, trees and native plants, better lighting, new seats, bike racks and public toilets, and terraced gardens at the Bracken Rd entry.
The mall improvements - which will happen once the car park is well under way - include new lights, paving and landscaping. The old wooden canopy near the play area will be removed.
Ms Pannett said there would be some disruption as a result of the work.
"It's not possible to make changes like this without some noise and inconvenience but we'll be doing the work in stages and liaising closely with the contractors working on the supermarket to minimise disruption."
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