With work beginning in earnest since the Christmas holiday, we can start to get an idea of what the “shared-space” in Lower Cuba Street is going to look like. We’re six months away from completion, which seems a bit long, but such is construction.
The council have released a very nice guide to the development, which includes the following plan of what the area should look like after completion.
I guess my two concerns would be that it doesn’t turn into a car-lined wind tunnel, like Blair or Allen Streets, and that we get some decent retail developments down there. Some of the buildings, particularly the one that housed the Down Town Local bar and it’s neighbour, were terrible and really need to be replaced. Hopefully the “shared space” development will improve the values in the area and prompt further development.