The proposal is for a five level Willis Bond & Co development with 4000 square metres of lettable space and will complete the redevelopment of North Kumutoto agreed after the initial public consultation in 2003, and reaffirmed when the Waterfront Framework was reviewed in 2011.
Mayor Justin Lester is interested to hear the public’s opinions on the proposal. “We want this building to best suit Wellingtonians, and what we as a community need to help improve our daily lives and boost our economic performance.”
The proposed building is generally in scale with neighbouring premises. Most of the ground floor will be publicly accessible and include retail and café space intended to meet expected demand from increased numbers of workers and visitors to this part of the waterfront.
The proposed use of the floors above ground is still to be determined but options are likely to be commercial office space, residential apartments or a boutique serviced apartment hotel says Urban Development Leader, Councillor Andy Foster.
“The proposed development will further add life and shelter to the northern part of the waterfront and significantly enhance an area which has essentially only been used for car parking for decades,” he says.
“We are particularly interested in feedback on uses which people consider will best interact with the surrounding public space and improve public safety at all times,” adds Cr Foster.
Council is also currently landscaping the adjacent Site 8 into spaces to support leisure and cultural activities, and include a timber boardwalk and shaded seating.
There are also plans to create quality shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, all set within an attractive landscaped environment.
Submissions close 5pm Friday 28 July. Councillors will consider the submissions as part of their decision on Site 9 in September.
To find out more and make a submission, go to wellington.govt.nz/site9 or email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the public display located in a branded public information kiosk near Site 9 (north of the Meridian building).