Business, Community · 21 Mar 2021

Minister Checks Invercargill Central City Block Progress

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“This does future proof Invercargill as well as bring in the high end retailers or the chains as well as the local stores, because they see that development is happening. They see that people will be shopping.”

That was really important for keeping the city alive, he said.

Nash was pleased with the progress report.

“Sod was turned not that long ago and already we’re looking at a four-storey car park. This is amazing. This is what we need to transform inner city New Zealand actually – provincial New Zealand,” he said.

“This will basically ensure that the heart of Invercargill not only survives, but thrives for years ahead.”

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement, with additional reporting by whatsoninvers.nz

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“This does future proof Invercargill as well as bring in the high end retailers or the chains as well as the local stores, because they see that development is happening. They see that people will be shopping.”

That was really important for keeping the city alive, he said.

Nash was pleased with the progress report.

“Sod was turned not that long ago and already we’re looking at a four-storey car park. This is amazing. This is what we need to transform inner city New Zealand actually – provincial New Zealand,” he said.

“This will basically ensure that the heart of Invercargill not only survives, but thrives for years ahead.”

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement, with additional reporting by whatsoninvers.nz

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An inner-city revamp of Invercargill is helping to future proof a regional centre, Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash says.

The government previously provided close to $30 million in a loan and equity investment for Invercargill’s inner-city development.

He toured through the Invercargill Central inner-city development, climbing up the scaffolding stairs to overlook the building site.

“In towns like Invercargill, up and down the country, we’re facing buildings that aren’t up to code in terms of earthquake strengthening,” Nash said.

He confirmed the project was 100 percent up to scratch with the earthquake strengthening code.

The project is progressing well with the first stage including Farmers department store and a limited number of smaller stores are expected to open mid 2022 with the rest of the development opening later 2022.

Invercargill Central director Scott O’Donnell said “The new development was 65% tenanted and he expected to announce some of the tenants in coming months”.

“This does future proof Invercargill as well as bring in the high end retailers or the chains as well as the local stores, because they see that development is happening. They see that people will be shopping.”

That was really important for keeping the city alive, he said.

Nash was pleased with the progress report.

“Sod was turned not that long ago and already we’re looking at a four-storey car park. This is amazing. This is what we need to transform inner city New Zealand actually – provincial New Zealand,” he said.

“This will basically ensure that the heart of Invercargill not only survives, but thrives for years ahead.”

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement, with additional reporting by whatsoninvers.nz

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