There's a lot happening in the city centre over the coming months as the street upgrades continue.
Adding more outdoor seating and dining areas to Hastings city centre has proved enormously popular with residents, business operators and visitors; and more are on the way.
The next stage of the City Centre Revitalisation Plan will see improvements made in the Heretaunga West 300 block, the Heretaunga East 100 block, and Russell Street.
This includes enhancing already existing outdoor dining and seating areas in the Heretaunga West 300 block; outside Thompson’s Suits and John’s Bakery (both sides of the street), and the outdoor area used by Madeleine’s Cafe.
The design will be similar to the improvements made in the Heretaunga East 200 block using elements from the same palette, including planter boxes with lime hedges, permanent umbrellas and new paving. Because the seating areas are already in place in that block, there will be no loss of car parks.
In the Heretaunga East 100 block, the outdoor dining area outside Breakers Restaurant will receive the same treatment. Outside Westerman’s Café in Russell Street, the existing dining area will almost double in size, enabled by the removal of one taxi stand which data-gathering shows is rarely used.
Work on these five sites was set to start last monh, to be sure they are ready for use in summer.
The aim of the City Centre Revitalisation Plan, put together in 2018 in consultation with the community, is to create new, and enhance existing outdoor dining and seating areas in the city. Made up of 23 ‘Hastings Alive’ projects, it’s been designed to encourage people to enjoy the city centre, day and night.
28 July 2021
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