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CBD Revitalisation Stage One - Cox Street

Overview

The overall aims of the project include:
• Creating a landmark entry into the CBD area.
• Creating a strong, active urban edge to Cox Street.
• Promoting opportunities for large format retail/bulky goods development along Cox Street, and infill development in the
blocks immediately behind Cox Street.
• Improve active frontages and retail potential along French Street and Station Street.
• Promote mixed use development along the eastern side of Cox Street, beyond the double row landscape boulevard and
have active frontages that take advantage of proposed landscape interface.

Background

The Hamilton Structure Plan identified the importance of Cox Street entry precinct and the opportunities for it to present as a proud town entrance, while at the same time demonstrating opportunities for a vibrant retail precinct with large format stores within the CBD area. The precinct draws on information gained from the community workshops and works with the existing land ownership pattern.

This project will concentrate on the design of the landscaped axis boulevard to create a pedestrian/bicycle path, producing the strong urban edge to Cox Street to facilitate retail development consistent with the Southern Grampians Shire’s Master plan and retail strategies. The aims will improve walkability and safety, as well as present the town in an attractive way for residents, visitors and prospective investors.


Milestones

Briefing to Council detailed design – February 2019
Proceed and finalise detailed design – March 2019

Adopt detailed design – April 2019
Define land use strategy – May 2019
Temporary diversion of heavy vehicles – July 2019
Tender for construction – July 2019
Project completion – July 2020

Current Status

Directly impacted businesses consulted for input into design with positive feedback received.
Detailed Design review has been carried out with final designs due in late May 2019.
Tender for construction released 23 May.

Project details

Works to be completed as part of the redevelopment include:
• Widening of Cox Street from Lonsdale to French and installation of new median strip
• Upgrade of the existing round-abouts
• Upgrade of existing 1.5m wide footpath on western side of Cox Street
• Construction of new 3.0m wide shared footpath on eastern side of Cox Street
• New intermediary pedestrian crossings along Cox Street
• New pedestrian crossings at corner of Cox Street Service lane and French Street Corner
• Construction of new pocket park and furniture at south eastern corner of Cox and Gray Streets, inclusive of digital access infrastructure
• Planting of street trees in median strip and along eastern side of Cox Street
• Installation of lighting in median strip and at Pocket Park

Public access will be maintained along Cox Street throughout the construction, however existing lanes of Cox Street will be narrowed. As a result, Council will temporarily detour heavy vehicles from Cox Street for the 12 months duration of the works. This will ensure safety for those working on the project, pedestrians and motorists.

For more information:
Please contact David Moloney – Director Shire Infrastructure on (03) 5573 0259 or via email dmoloney@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

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