In March 2017 Council resolved to undertake a process of exploring design concepts for a redeveloped Maude Street Mall. The aim of the project is to improve the function and visual amenity of the Mall in maintaining its primacy as the heart of the Shepparton CBD.
Via a tender process, Spiire has been charged with exploring the feasibility of three long-term options and one short-term trial option to potentially redevelop and revitalise the Maude Street Mall:
Concept layouts and preliminary costings will be developed for each of the three long-term concept options to assist in making future decisions about the Mall. Detailed design and a detailed costing will be developed for the one short-term trial option.
Is the Mall being opened to traffic?
Two of the three long-term concept options for the Mall redevelopment consist of introducing traffic access through the Mall in some form. Spiire will also design a short-term trial option which will temporarily introduce traffic and parking into the Mall to determine how this might be done and at what cost. No decision has yet been made by Council on the future design of the Mall.
Will parking being considered in the designs?
Two of the three long-term concept options incorporate additional car parking provided in the space. The design of the short-term trial will also include implementation of temporary additional parking.
Will I have the opportunity to have my say on the designs?
The completed concept options will be taken to a public consultation for feedback and comment before being taken to Councillors for a decision on the format of any possible Mall redevelopment.
Does retaining the Mall as a pedestrianised space mean nothing will change?
The long-term concept option to retain the Mall as a pedestrian space will still involve significant investment in the infrastructure and amenity provided in the area. There is ageing infrastructure and services in the space which requires renewal. Spiire’s surveying and investigations will determine what needs to be upgraded with the aim to make the space functional and inviting for shoppers and visitors.
What will the redevelopment cost?
Part of the concept design process being undertaken is the development of preliminary costs for each of the four options. These costings will allow for a better consideration of the future of the Mall by Council and the community.
What does the rest of the process look like?
Once a concept design option has been selected as the preferred direction by Councillors, the project will undertake a process of detailed design which will investigate in much more detail what works need to be undertaken. Feedback and ideas from the consultations on the concept designs can be incorporated into this process to refine the redevelopment plan.
Once a detailed design is completed, Council will have a more accurate cost estimate for the project and can begin to seek funding in order to undertake the works.
When will the concept designs and costings be made available to the community?
The concept designs and costings will be made available to the community once they have been completed and have been approved by the Council. The completed concept designs will be taken to a public consultation before a decision is made by Council as to the future of the Mall.
How long will it be before the Council will make a decision on the future of the Mall?
Council will decide on the future of the Mall once the concept designs and costings have been completed and public consultation has taken place.
Will the Council be responsible for making the final decision on what happens to the Mall?
The completed concept designs will be taken to the public for consideration and feedback. Once this has taken place then it will be the responsibility of Council to determine the next steps of the proposed redevelopment.
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For further information please contact:
Tim Russell - Place Manager
(03) 5832 9501