Masterton District Council is progressing a rejuvenation of our town centre, starting with lower Queen Street between Jackson and Perry/Bannister streets. The Council has budgeted $250,000 for the year from 1 July 2020 to progress construction, earmarked for early-mid 2021.
The redevelopment includes widening and upgrading pedestrian areas, creating public amenity space, including seating and upgraded lighting, and removing curbs along the segment of the street to facilitate possible pedestrianisation in the future. There will also be new gardens and additional trees planted, with careful consideration given to maintenance requirements.
The council has been working with urban design consultancy Boffa Miskell on the redevelopment of lower Queen Street, Park Street and Bruce Street since early 2019. The council is also seeking external funding for redevelopment of Park Street. The next steps of the town centre revamp project will be part of consultation on the Long-Term Plan in 2021.
All the latest information on the project is available at www.mastertontown.nz
Town Centre Strategy
On 8 August 2018 Council adopted the Town Centre Strategy which underpins a rejuvenation of Masterton’s Town Centre.
Want we want to see is:
- Better integration of the Waipoua River into our town centre
- Better connection between our key assets, such as the Railway Station
- More of a centralised hub for retail and cafes, to avoid our centre spreading out
- More natural landscapes and plantings throughout the town centre.