City hub strategy to revitalise downtown area considered

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by Chris Tobin

Moves to establish a city hub strategy to revitalise inner-city Timaru were considered at a meeting of the Timaru District Council on Tuesday.

The meeting followed a workshop in February when such topics as inner-city living, earthquake-prone buildings, promotion events, green open space and heritage issues were discussed.

In a report to Tuesday’s meeting council development manager Frazer Munro and council group manager community services Sharon Taylor said the initial costs of the city hub strategy could be up to $150,000 excluding GST.

“This would cover the costs of the city hub strategy project steering group, including engaging an external delivery manager and the commissioning of technical reports,” they said.

The cost of implementing the strategy would be addressed in annual and long-term plans.

One of the major challenges for inner city owners is earthquake strengthening their buildings.

In last week’s Courier, Grosvenor Hotel owner Ping Lim expressed his commitment to strengthening his building.

He urged other building owners to do the same.