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Broadway retailers and businesses invited to become Placemakers

Thursday April 17 2014

Palmerston North City Council's draft Annual Plan, which is currently out for consultation, includes a proposal to fund a Placemaking revitalisation of Broadway with a budget of $50,000. If the project is approved by Councilors then work will start in the next financial year from 1 July.

Policy Planner (Urban Design) Jennifer Esterman says Placemaking is already having an impact on the city and that impact will spread to Broadway.

"In the current round of Placemaking we have a group of retailers from Broadway Avenue who are working on developing Placemaking initiatives for the street. This groups placemaking will no doubt influence how others relate to our main street."

Jennifer says the next stage is to get more Broadway retailers and businesses on board as placemaking is about working with the community to create positive change. Encouraging them to work alongside Council in much the same way George Street businesses and retailers have.

Invitations have been sent out to property owners and distributed to retailers and businesses in Broadway Avenue. They're invited to hear world-renowned Placemaker David Engwicht and Grant Harnish, a community leader who has lead the revitalisation of Paihia. The public meeting is in The Regent at 5:30pm on Monday 28 April.

David Engwicht's talk will focus on how well the current shops and businesses are contributing to the street and also discuss placemaking and what it might mean for Broadway Avenue. Grant Harnish will discuss Paihia's experience and what a difference placemaking has made to the community of Paihia.
Jennifer Esterman says that while the project in the draft Annual Plan is still to be ratified Council is committed to Placemaking in Broadway.