Council has confirmed it will upgrade three key streets in the town centre: Market Street, Mahoe Street and Churchill street as well as create a new public/social space that links the area together.
In 2010, the Te Awamutu and Kihikihi Town Concept Plan was developed. This plan had a very clear vision for the centre of Te Awamutu – to create a central meeting place for our community; a place that offers recreational, social, cultural and educational activities.
We’ve been working with the community to turn this vision into a reality. Already we have seen the creation of the Trust Waikato Events Centre, the Te Awamutu Library, the new destination playground and the Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park.
The next 10 years is about continuing this journey.
We’re going to upgrade three key streets in our town centre:
...as well as a new public / social space linking the area together.
The projects are centred around changing the way some of the streets and land are used.
This is required to make sure the whole area flows the way it should, the right things are connected and space is maximised. It also makes sure our Council-owned land is used much more effectively.
As part of our long-term vision, we’re looking to create six zones:
Market Street will be the anchor street for the town centre development and provide easy access from the main street - Alexandra Street, with the library, playground and other community facilities.
It will be a space that opens out into the public area, full of lively businesses such as cafes and boutique shops. The tree-lined street will include wide footpaths and will be a place that is easy to walk around and enjoy.
Mahoe Street will welcome residents and visitors to the heart of the town. It will include a mix of restaurants, offices and potentially higher-density residential housing.
To open up the area, power lines will be moved underground and replaced with trees and greenery.
Churchill Street will provide an area for high density residential housing and visitor accommodation. This means people can live close to the town centre and add to the vibrancy of the area by keeping it active and alive at all times of the day.
Council owns a large piece of largely un-used land on Churchill Street and is proposing to sell the land to enable this development. The proceeds from the land sale will go towards other developments within the Te Awamutu hub area such as the proposed Discovery Centre.