Lower Victoria Ave is in line for a tart-up that could include plants, seating, artwork or lighting.
The Whanganui District Council project will be 90 per cent funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets fund. It’s the council’s second successful application to the fund, with the first – for Drews Ave – now in the “community co-design” phase.
The fund gives councils the chance to trial semi-permanent upgrades to create “more vibrant and people-friendly cities”.
The council’s Town Centre Regeneration Project manager Ellen Young said as well as benefiting the immediate area, the upgrade would have a flow-on effect of boosting the whole central business district in the wake of Covid-19.
“Lower Victoria Ave is the gateway to the central business district and so we have a huge opportunity to transform our town centre to create a stunning first impression for visitors arriving across the bridge from out