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Have your say on the future of O’Connell Street

Aucklanders are invited to have their say on the first proposed street upgrade since the launch of the City Centre Masterplan. Draft designs for O’Connell Street, in Auckland’s Central Business District, are now available for viewing and feedback. The upgrade of O’Connell Street aims to create a high quality sustainable streetscape which gives pedestrians priority and supports businesses and residents by providing more space for outdoor activities. You can view the proposed draft designs and give feedback until Friday September 14. “People are the economic powerhouse of successful, vibrant and liveable cities,” says Ludo Campbell-Reid, Auckland Council’s design champion. “Our street upgrades therefore aim to transform streets into people-friendly destinations where you can sit, relax, dine and spend time in the city. They are an integral part of our vision to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city.”

As a very narrow street, one of the key aspects of the proposed upgrade will be to widen footpaths by getting rid of all but four on-street car parking spaces. In May 2012 a detailed survey was conducted by an external consultant to clearly understand the potential impact of the proposed upgrade and how the current on-street car parking spaces are being used. The survey found that more than 80 per cent of people using the car parks on O’Connell Street were not visiting businesses on O’Connell Street and more than 80 per cent of people visiting these local businesses did not use on-street car parks on the street. The proposed upgrade of O’Connell Street is part of the 10-year CBD upgrade programme that begun in 2004 and is paid for by the CBD targeted rate. Anyone wishing to see the proposed concept designs and give their feedback can do so by visiting www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/projects or calling 09 301 0101 and asking for an O’Connell Street feedback form.
 

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Yeah, nothing yet under that link.

Here is something else I found:

Call to artists for expressions of interest: O'Connell Street light-work

Auckland Council's Public Art Team requests Expressions of Interest from artists, working individually or in teams, who desire an opportunity to create a new light-based artwork in conjunction with planned upgrades to O'Connell Street.
It is anticipated that the new light based artwork will help draw pedestrians to this intimately scaled lane that is home to several heritage buildings in Auckland's City Centre. The project budget is $80,000, inclusive of artist's fees, all phases of design, and final implementation.
Send up to five images of past work and a brief professional history (up to 400 words per team member) in an email attachment no greater than 2MB to [email protected] by midnight on 2 September 2012. You are also welcome to include a statement (up to 500 words) of a proposed approach to this project.
Finalists will be invited by email to interview with the project team no later than 5 September 2012. Short-listed candidate(s) will be commissioned to develop concepts for proposed artwork following the interviews.
 
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I am happy and relieved that it isn't a shared space and parking for 4 cars - that's that.


Background

This project is part of a the implementation of the City Centre Masterplan and the 10-year CBD Upgrade programme to transform city centre streets and open spaces and create the world's most liveable city. The cost of upgrading O'Connell street will be about $4.367 million and funded by the CBD targeted rate. The proposed upgrade of O'Connell Street aims to create people-friendlystreets where people can shop, sit, relax, linger, dine and spend time. When complete, the upgrade will provide more footpath space, high quality paving across the width of the street and modern street furniture including lighting and public seating. It is proposed that O'Connell Street continue to be a one-way, northbound trafficked street with widened footpaths, kerbs and a carriageway.

Draft Concept Design

O'Connell Street was identified as having significant potential for transformation and it was therefore included in the programme of city centre streetscape upgrades. To capitalise on opportunities for transformation, the upgrade of O'Connell Street aims to:
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provide greater pedestrian priority throughout the area and more space for people
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create a distinctive and popular destination
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support business and residents by providing more space for outdoor activities
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better connect the area with the surrounding network of streets
create a high quality, sustainable streetscape.

Proposed time lines

August-September 2012
Public consultation on the draft design.

October-November 2012
Summary of public feedback compiled and feedback responses sent out.

November 2012
Proposed final design considered by CBD Advisory Board and Council committee. Details of the final design sent to those who requested additional information.

January-June 2013
Final design developed in detail.

July 2013
Earliest that construction planning could take place. Discussions undertaken with property owners, businesses, residents, and others on the construction programme prior to works.

August 2013
Earliest that construction could commence.

January 2014
Earliest that construction could be completed, if works commenced in July 2013.
 

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Great pic. It's such a cool street with some of the most interesting collection of buildings in town including one of my favourites the General Buildings.

I do hope they are back at the drawing board with the upgrade plans, nix the 3 car parks and go shared (or shock-horror even full pedestrian but doubt Aucks is ready for that quite yet..)
 

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When you see the street free of parked cars you realise that it's actually quite a wide street, which makes the council claims that it's too narrow to be anything but a grade separated traditional street even more ridiculous.
 

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^^ Its not grade separated but more mode separated. I excuse they use for their stance is that for shared streets they want enough space for that rough line of tiles that you see in places like Fort St to 'define a safe area' for those who are visually impaired. I think it could be a case of engineering standards getting in the way of things again.

Last I heard though there will no be no car parks on the street at all which is actually even more ridiculous as I would say the vast majority of those that drive the street are simply trawling for a spot anyway. With no car parks and risks of things like someone opening their car door, there is little reason for cars to slow down so they will probably race through there faster.
 

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Then I'd actually prefer that they left it as it is until such a time as stupid planning rules don't act against the city developing into a non-car dominated mess. Paint no parking stripes down the side and leave it. At least at the moment no money has been wasted on it, the same can't be said for Lorne and High Streets which both went through expensive upgrades yet remain unattractive and car dominated spaces. The middle section of Fort Street now suffers from cars racing through for the very reason that there is no destination there anymore it's simply somewhere to get through as quickly as possible.
 

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Just heard that this project has now become a shared space. Construction due to start in early 2014.

Will post a pic later.
Sadly, more lip-service from AC re making the CBD more "liveable". There is no reason why such a narrow street needs to be shared between pedestrians and cars. It should be pedestrianised.

My only hope is that tables and chairs from cafes/bars/restaurants and the crowds standing outside enjoying the space over a drink or twomake it nigh on impossible for any cars to travel through. Pedestrianisation by stealth.
 
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Oh for fucks sake .. just leave the street as it is now - cars are still going to park there no matter what. GROW SOME BALLS AUCKLAND COUNCIL !!!!!
 
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