Tokoroa CBD Upgrade
Revitalising the CBD area in Tokoroa and bringing vibrancy into the town's centre has been one of Council's great ambitions over the past decade.
This page is for background. Readers may find the Frequently Asked Questions page useful. For regular updates on the project we suggest you read the Progress Update page.
"We want to thank our community for their input into the engagement/consultation process. We have consulted with you at length over the years, and your thoughts and ideas have made a huge impact to the final design," commented Mayor Jenny Shattock.
The upgrade features a fresh new Leith Place dedicated to enhancing the Tokoroa experience for locals and visitors alike. Green space, seated eating areas, public art and activities. Initially the project had a key feature for a new i-SITE building however increasing building costs made the full project unaffordable. So we went back to the drawing board.
"We're taking a step back to re-establish the principles agreed with the community a year ago," said Chief Executive Ben Smit. "We will also be investigating how technology changes can be used to better inform visitors to our district."
Council will also be scoping the proposed Town Centre Manager function and how that role could be used to activate the Leith Place area and wider town retail space.
Once a revised full project scope is in place Council will communicate this to the community.
Following this, steps are likely to include a selection of landscape and plaza space designs, including a new toilet and activation space; which the community can provide feedback on.
"Given the current costs our Council and community are facing, we think our decision to step away from the building at this stage is prudent," said Mayor Jenny Shattock. "There will be opportunity for community feedback on redesigns for the plaza area, so do keep your thoughts coming."
NZTA will be working on the highway in March and Council will dovetail stormwater improvements with these works to support the development.
The Urban Design Framework document provides some relevant context and history. Access the document here.
STEPS TO DATE
The trees in Leith Place have been removed. We will be planting new trees in Leith Place as well as other plantings to help keep our town centre looking green and vibrant.
State Highway 1 has changed to one northern lane and one southern lane with on and off ramps to improve safety and access into the CBD. The stretch of state highway through Tokoroa is due for further refurbishment in late 2019.
LOCAL ROAD CHANGES
There will be some changes to the Bridge Street and Swanston Street entrances into Leith Place to help improve safety and accessibility.
Carparks in Leith Place will drop from 132 to 100 to make way for the new open space. Council has made improvements to the Dreghorn carpark to compensate for the loss of these parks.
Council is investing $3,972,000 into the Tokoroa CBD Upgrade. This figure covers all the important costs, from infrastructure down to road marking.
The contract has been awarded to Downer for both Civil and Landscape works.