How are we going?
Feedback from the first phase of public consultation on Taumarunui Town Revitalisation has been received, analysed and workshopped by the Taumarunui/Ohura Ward Committee (TOWC).
The feedback has resulted in staff concentrating on breaking down a very large body of work into manageable sections, concentrating at this time on the area, which will provide the most impact, both visually and from a public use perspective.
The CBD area has now been broken into three phases:
- The west side of Hakiaha Street between the boundary of the old library and the boundary to the south of the Taumarunui Railway Station.*
- The verandahs on the east side of Hakiaha Street and down Manuaute Street.
- Manuaute Street re-development.
*Revised Concept Design plans incorporating public feedback and TOWC workshop input in Documents Link folder below. Inc: 3D visuals.
The re-development proposals for the west side of Hakiaha Street include proposed demolition of the old toilets and construction of new toilets on the ex-library site, a number of new elements in the open area between the new toilets and the town clock and changes to the railway station including façade work.
Once feedback has been received on the updated concept plans, the new elements can be costed and a project plan and costing produced for further consideration before inclusion into the 10 year plan and final public consultation.
New Taumarunui Public Toilet
A new public toilet project forms a key part of the revitalisation vision for Taumarunui as a vibrant service township and gateway to the volcanic plateau.
The project fits within Council’s larger revitalisation strategy for Taumarunui that combines support for local business with infrastructure investment.
Toilet concept design challenge
Over September-October 2017 Council invited anyone with a concept idea of how Taumarunui's new toilet block could look to enter it into a concept design contest.
An evaluation team comprising representatives from art, building, landscape, Council, architecture and engineering disciplines, is to undertake the evaluation and decide on the stand out winner or winners.
Possible new direction?
Since the start of the Concept Design Challenge Council has secured a favourable long term lease on the Railway Station building which provides an alternative option that could save ratepayers significant money.
This would see the new public toilet facilities incorporated within a redevelopment of the Railway Station building including a new i-SITE configuration, the proposed new local museum upstairs.
At this stage no decision had been made either way.
The Taumarunui/Ohura Ward Committee and Council will consider the best way forward when more detailed costings are done.
Council is planning to take proposals to the community as part of next year's ten year Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018-2028 consultation.
An engineering assessment of the verandahs in Hakiaha Street and Manuaute Street and the potential cost of re-development of Manuaute Street for the purpose of including costs in the 10 year plan will be undertaken over the next two to three months.
This assessment will be based on the original concept plan of changing the road contour with potential in the future for the road to continue to be one way but incorporating shared pedestrian use and the options of using the street for market days and events.