The City of Boroondara (Council) sought community feedback in May 2018 on a proposal to revitalise sections of Balwyn Shopping Centre: Yerrin Street and Whitehorse Road between Balwyn Road and Brenbeal Street, Balwyn.
The design vision is to improve pedestrian amenity by creating an attractive, clutter-free and functional environment that maximises social, economic and environmental outcomes.
Additional benefits include:
- improved access for elderly and mobility impaired residents by removing unnecessary barriers and obstacles, and upgrading pavement and tactile surface indicators
- improved streetscape amenity with new furniture, such as new seating, bins and bike hoops and greenery to soften the appearance of the shopping strip.
For further information on the construction works, please contact Cid Mariani on 9278 4524 or Masha Patikirikorale on 9278 4541. For information on the project, please contact Richard Thomas on 9278 7832.
The primary aim of this project is to enhance the appearance of the centre and maximise usable public space whilst creating a safe, functional, green and pedestrian friendly environment.
Additional benefits of this new public space include:
- increased greening by adding an avenue of trees and new garden beds
- improved streetscape amenity via pavement upgrades and new furniture, such as new seating, bins, drinking fountain and bike hoops
- improved streetscape amenity and all-abilities access with new raised pedestrian threshold, footpath widening, and new road and footpath paving
- supporting local trade by creating more attractive public spaces for customers and visitors to enjoy and stay longer
- maximising usable public space by creating feature spaces within the core of the activity area
- maintaining two-way vehicular access to Yerrin Street, via Whitehorse Road
- investigate opportunities for feature lighting and artwork/mural.
To create this new public space, Council is proposing to remove up to ten on-street car spaces in Yerrin Street. To assess the impact of this proposal, a parking occupancy survey has been completed and it was found that there is adequate parking provision nearby (within a walkable distance).