City block taking shape

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THE skyline of Invercargill is evolving with the construction of the inner-city development at full steam.

About 11 columns for the car park more than 650 parking spaces were erected at the site, with another 78 to go.

Invercargill Central public relations manager Amy Hibbs said a third crane had arrived at the site last month to help with dual lifts for the columns.

“There’s currently 55 workers on site with this number increasing throughout the year.”

She said 60% of the concrete pre-cast panels had been erected for the Farmers building.

“We have pre-cast concrete decking that forms part of the first floor of the car park arriving later this week.”

The project comprised the construction of a centre containing retail, food and beverage retailers and offices in the block bordered by Dee, Tay, Kelvin and Esk Sts.

The first stage of building would be completed by April 2022 when the anchor tenant Farmers opened.

Starbucks was the only other tenant which had been confirmed for the new development so far.

However, developer Scott O’Donnell said last week there was continued interest in leasing opportunities in the new development.

The market was responding more positively to new businesses following the impact of Covid-19.

“The conversations are ongoing and it seems the market is bouncing back.”

He said Invercargill Central would be announcing new tenants soon.

Photo: Peter McIntosh

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