We want to know what you think of Emerson Street as part of our redesign of this major shopping precinct.
Emerson Street’s existing streetscape was upgraded over 30 years ago. Post Covid, there has been a distinct shift in the way people choose to shop with an increase in online shopping. A revitalised mixed-use streetscape will encourage people to spend more time on Emerson and improve vibrancy, thereby increasing ‘public life’ in the street and supporting economic viability.
The goals of the Emerson Street redesign are for it to enhance the amenity of the retail area, provide opportunities for social interaction, comprise consistent materials and features throughout and best practice urban design principles. It will establish a strong identity and sense of place for the inner city. It will reflect Napier’s heritage, celebrate its unique architecture and provide opportunities for innovation and contemporary response within the design.
The plan is for Emerson Street to have its own distinct identity extending down its length and dovetailing into the future piazza at the eastern end and Clive and Memorial Squares to the west. The Emerson St revitalisation project will be undertaken in four stages starting at the Squares. The Design Phase will begin early in 2024 and construction will start later that year.
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