Heather Osborn, left, and Carolyn Squires, both of Stewart Island, enjoying a bite to eat on the new seating area on Esk St as part of the city streetscape work by the new Invercargill Central development.
Stage one of Invercargill’s CBD streetscapes work is tracking 10% over budget with the estimated completion cost now sitting at $20.7 million.
The streetscape work is being done by the Invercargill City Council alongside the Invercargill Central Limited city block and ILT Hotel developments.
A key purpose of the project was to try to encourage more pedestrian traffic throughout the city centre, rather than people simply parking outside the shop they want to go to.
Garden areas are being introduced as well as wooden seating.
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Stage one of the project takes in Esk St and Don St. Work was initially expected to be completed before Christmas, but Esk St would now likely to be finished in March and Don St in February.
The budget for stage one was initially set at just over $17m, but would likely finish at closer to $20.7m.
The cost increase was predicted to be even larger, but the council has agreed to…