Council to decide on extra funding for Durham St
Elected members will decide next Tuesday whether to approve an additional $1.27m in this financial year for the Durham Street and Durham Lane upgrade.
An additional $2.01m for next financial year (2019/20) is being sought through the Annual Plan process.
Council staff told the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee on Tuesday that the project needed additional funds due to timeframes and construction challenges, including a lack of knowledge of sub-surface conditions and of some services, and the absence of a contingency plan to address these unforeseen challenges.
The Committee approved to recommend that Council approve this overspend, so these new spaces can be delivered to the community, says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson.
In February 2017, the City Transformation Committee had decided which projects in the City Centre Spatial Framework should be constructed first.
With the construction of the new University of Waikato, the Durham Street and Durham Lane upgrade were defined as a priority.
“Once Durham Street is complete, it will set the standard for other city centre street upgrades including Wharf Street and Elizabeth Street.
“The upgrade of Durham Street delivers on Council objectives including improving the look and feel of the city centre, prioritising people and activity within the city centre and improving the resilience and quality of our infrastructure.”