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A mini facelift for Blenheim’s town centre has kicked off!

The $200,000 revamp of Market Place will include “enhanced and enlarged” grass pods, better lighting and phone charging stations. The work is expected to see the small shopping square and clock tower area closed off for the next eight weeks.

The upgrade to Market Place will include new lighting, grass pods, new power facilities and phone charging stations.

The upgrade to Market Place will include new lighting, grass pods, new power facilities and phone charging stations. Blenheim Business Association chair Lynette Rayner said the renovations were part of a bigger plan to refresh Blenheim’s central business district.

The Marlborough Mile, including the creation of six interactive sites around town, was central to the grand plan for Blenheim, and would kick off before the end of the year, Rayner said. As Market Place was going to be one of the Marlborough Mile sites, “we didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money in here and then dig it up again”, Rayner said.

The "enhanced and enlarged" grass pods, which will be a feature of Market Place's mini "facelift".

The “enhanced and enlarged” grass pods, which will be a feature of Market Place’s mini “facelift”. “It’s just part of the overall upgrade of the CBD. We need to keep making our spaces more inviting so this is part of that process. Making town attractive for people to come in to.

 

CBD cafe co-owner Mike Godsall joined the Blenheim Business Association a few months ago after hearing about the Marlborough Mile concept. Godsall said he was excited for the Market Place upgrade which he thought would make the space more user friendly and inviting. “There will always be concerns” he said, in relation to the eight-week renovation period. “In my mind, it’s just something you need to deal with; it’s only going to be a problem if you make it a problem. “With a renovation like that, if you’ve still got an incentive for people to come in, they will.”

Blenheim resident Cathy-Ann Scoon welcomed a “face-lift” for the area. “It’s a great outdoor area for kids and families, especially in summer.”

Hannahs worker Michelle Robb said the development could only benefit the area in the long-term, as lots of people already hung out there in summer. “It might bring some more people down this end of the township.” ​

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