5 Gerald Street Lincoln

Major step in Lincoln Town Centre Plan

by Mike Isle

Preparation for the Lincoln Town Centre development has taken a significant step forward with the Selwyn District Council’s purchase of a property on Gerald Street.

The SDC has bought a key site at 5 Gerald Street, which sits at the entrance to the proposed east retail precinct.

The council’s group property manager Douglas Marshall said the council hoped to demolish the building, currently occupied by Lincoln Chinese Takeaway, before the end of the year as the first step in opening up the retail precinct area and transforming the street appeal.

“It is the first major step in making something new that people in Lincoln have been looking forward to for a while. There’s been interest from people in Lincoln over many years in doing something new with that site, and this was an opportunity to open up the space with a fresh, welcoming area to the new town centre.”

The organisation is considering options for the space including a park or reserve, Marshall said.

The town centre plan, adopted by the SDC in 2016 after extensive community consultation, will develop public spaces and squares, provide for safe cycling and walking connections along with adequate car parking and promote ‘active frontage’ with buildings placed to the edge of the footpath and facing the street with car parking behind.

The design of the Gerald Street Plaza at the eastern end of Gerald Street around Robert Street proposes widening the pavement to create a pedestrian plaza along the shop fronts with different paving, street furniture and landscaping.

Redevelopment of the Gerald Street site will allow this to occur more easily and in keeping with the rest of the town centre design.