South Dunedin main street

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### ODT Online Wed, 24 Nov 2010
Plans for discussion
By Chris Morris
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull hopes upgrading King Edward St will help restore the lost vibrancy of South Dunedin’s main shopping street. Concept designs for the project to upgrade the street are nearing completion, and would be presented to the public at an open day at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum on November 30.
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Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Public Open Day to View South Dunedin Concept Designs

With concept designs for the King Edward Street area nearing completion, the DCC is inviting the public to a second open day, to be held at the Gasworks Museum.
Jane Orbell, chair of the South Dunedin Business Association, says the Association has been meeting regularly with the DCC staff working on this strategy and the development plans and she urges everyone to have their say.
“People need to take this opportunity to let the DCC know how they want to their community look and feel. People may have great ideas that haven’t made it into the plan yet… let the designers know on the 30th!”
At the open day on 30 November, from 4pm – 7pm, attendees will have the opportunity to look at the concept designs, and talk to DCC staff over a cup of tea and a sandwich.
While this is an informal drop-in session, the public will also be encouraged to offer their feedback on the designs. Emma O’Neill, Urban Design Special Projects Manager says the feedback received so far has been invaluable in the development of the concept designs. “We have had great input from the community so far on the project, and now we want people to tell us what they think about the options we have come up with,” she says.
For those who are unable to attend the open day, the designs will also be available at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/southdunedin from 30 November until 17 December with an online comment form. The project team anticipate selecting a preferred option in the new year.
Contact Steve Miles on 474 3459.

Last reviewed: 19 Nov 2010 12:26pm

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3 responses to “South Dunedin main street

  1. Peter

    It’s certainly worth trying to revive King Edward St, but I wonder if the horse has already bolted. ‘Big Box’ shops and malls are the death of main streets and here we have Pak’N Save and The Warehouse on the fringe. Now they are planning a new Countdown – also on the fringe. Further out there is the Cumberland St retail strip. People will go where there are decent shops and entertainment/community facilities. I think the main street will need more than a few more trees, extra seating, new paving and a fresh coat of paint. Some of the shop windows are out of character with ugly windows put in their place.
    I’ve heard suggestions of putting the new library – if it happens – also on the fringe on Andersons Bay Rd (Caledonian complex) or at Carisbrook! Now that would be an opportunity missed to help revive King Edward St.

    • Elizabeth

      Any library at South Dunedin will need to be central to the King Edward St shopping area – or directly linked a short distance – as well as parking, public space, essential shopping and services (not met by large retail) and other social supports. All that is possible and so is adaptive reuse and redevelopment of existing buildings in a cluster(s). Let’s turn up on 30 Nov to check out what’s planned for the street at least – hoping gentrification is not on the menu. The heritage fabric in the street area is to be worked with – not negated.

      Let’s not forget that the current commercial survival of the main street is strongly propped up by five trading banks which offer excellent services and parking to nearby residents as well as central city businesses on the basis of convenience – this was a strategic investment move by the banks and has proved very successful for bringing people into the area. How we appropriately work off and augment that momentum is the question, which also involves correction to traffic engineering around Cargills Corner and South Dunedin’s Local Activity Centre generally.

      I’m worried that DCC will over engineer the urban design, instead of promoting incremental community-led changes that are sustainable. Every other street job produced by DCC has been a stunning exercise in incompetence and lack of understanding of people’s behaviour, movement, space and material handling – throwing a street tree at it is ‘urban design’. Give me a break. Hoping the new urban design team is more subtle and learned in its approaches – is it? The plans for improvements to Lorne St are very disappointing. What is design?

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      • Elizabeth

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