City Centre Block Developer Speaks At Submission Hearing

Jul 17, 2019
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Day two of submission hearings for the Invercargill City Council’s proposed $20m investment into the City Centre block wrapped up today (Wednesday 17th July).

HWCP director Scott O’Donnell addressed the council detailing the benefits of the city centre development.

In the video, O’Donnell said “CBD statergy very supportive of that, be great for the council to move forward and have something that makes sense for the whole of Invercargill, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop progress. We have an opportunity, we have the solution to the issues of old buildings falling over, we have a solution to a city that has no centre”.

We fear this development won’t go ahead, leaving the CBD lifeless and unattractive. Ben Fokkens from Neighbouring Retailers Group (NRG)

Of the five parties invloved with this development four are based here in Invercargill that have the ability to make it happen, which I think is important. O’Donnell said.

Watch: the video by Stuff

A total of 671 submissions was received during the community consultation, 70% in favour and 29% opposed.

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