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New city vibrancy proposal for Hastings' Queen St West

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A block of land on Queen St West will be turned into an off-street carpark and covered walkway providing greater convenience for pedestrians and shoppers as part of the Hastings District Council’s ongoing city centre vibrancy initiatives.

The council has purchased the building at 206 Queen Street West, part of which will be taken down to create more off-street public parking.

The remaining sections of the large brick building, which at one point was also home to the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Co-op garage, are proposed to include retail tenancies, as well as a covered walkway between the carpark and Queen Street.

Further proposals include creating a performance space in the area and a pedestrian laneway to be created between the carpark and Heretaunga Street where the former Envy Shoes shop is located.

The initiatives, which are all yet to be finalised, are part of the overall city centre revitalisation, Hastings Alive!, that is underway, starting with the roading upgrades at Eastbourne Street.

Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the site provided a fantastic opportunity for better links to the main shopping precinct, as well as new areas for performing arts in the city. "It will greatly improve our people’s city centre experience."

The Hastings City Centre Public Spaces Revitalisation Plan arises from the 2013-33 Hastings City Centre Strategy and is supported by feedback gained through the Long Term Plan consultation.

After that consultation, $4.5 million was set aside to initially invest in three priority areas over the next four years - the Central Plaza, the Heretaunga Street East Block entertainment precinct and Civic Square.

Hastings district councillor Damon Harvey said Hastings is buzzing with unprecedented upgrades of buildings and public spaces, which will create a CBD that will become a major drawcard for locals and visitors alike.

"We have made a major commitment to revitalising the Hastings City centre, there is so much going on with numerous council-led projects, as well as the commercial sector undertaking large scale projects," he said.

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