Elizabeth Street (Midtown) Streetscape Project

Project Background

The City of Hobart is planning a streetscape upgrade in Elizabeth Street (Midtown) as part of the City’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The aim of the project is to revitalise the section of Elizabeth Street between Melville Street and Warwick Street, to improve walkability, accessibility and amenity for pedestrians and to create a more vibrant and sociable main street environment.

A comprehensive community engagement program took place in 2019. During this process the City collaborated with Midtown’s traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders (who formed a Project Action Team - PAT) in a co-design process, to identify priorities to upgrade Elizabeth Street.

A draft streetscape concept design for Midtown has been developed in response to the PAT’s vision. This plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street.

Following further consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community, this concept design was endorsed by Council in December 2020 as as a framework for future streetscape development in the project area.

Council is not currently in a position to fund construction for the project, however project planning is continuing so that the project will be 'shovel ready', for when new funding opportunities arise. If funding became available, construction of block one could start in 2022.

In the meantime, work will continue on the detailed design, costing, and implementation planning for the project. A further report is to be provided to Council in the first half of 2021 with an implementation outline, including funding sources, cost estimate, financial implications and proposed timing of any on-ground works.

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Project Background

The City of Hobart is planning a streetscape upgrade in Elizabeth Street (Midtown) as part of the City’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The aim of the project is to revitalise the section of Elizabeth Street between Melville Street and Warwick Street, to improve walkability, accessibility and amenity for pedestrians and to create a more vibrant and sociable main street environment.

A comprehensive community engagement program took place in 2019. During this process the City collaborated with Midtown’s traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders (who formed a Project Action Team - PAT) in a co-design process, to identify priorities to upgrade Elizabeth Street.

A draft streetscape concept design for Midtown has been developed in response to the PAT’s vision. This plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street.

Following further consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community, this concept design was endorsed by Council in December 2020 as as a framework for future streetscape development in the project area.

Council is not currently in a position to fund construction for the project, however project planning is continuing so that the project will be 'shovel ready', for when new funding opportunities arise. If funding became available, construction of block one could start in 2022.

In the meantime, work will continue on the detailed design, costing, and implementation planning for the project. A further report is to be provided to Council in the first half of 2021 with an implementation outline, including funding sources, cost estimate, financial implications and proposed timing of any on-ground works.

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  • Project Update - May 2021

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    Funding Announced for Stage One

    In December last year, the Council endorsed the Midtown concept as a framework for future street development. We are so happy to announce that funding has now been secured to provide streetscape improvements in Elizabeth Street between Melville and Brisbane Streets.

    The funding announcement follows the University of Tasmania and City of Hobart signing a 10-year agreement through which the University will pay the equivalent of rates on its CBD properties and additional infrastructure contributions. The funding for the Elizabeth Street projects is one of the first actions under the agreement.

    Detailed design will be developed this year. The current trial of expanded footpaths and uphill bike lane will provide useful input to the design process, and construction is planned to commence in 2022.

    Patrick Street Intersection Safety Improvements

    Design is underway for safety improvements to the intersection of Elizabeth and Patrick Streets. This project recently received funding from the Australian Government for road safety initiatives.

    The upgrade will make it safer for pedestrians to cross Patrick Street. The preliminary design includes a raised and level pedestrian crossing, a wider median island, kerb extensions and plantings.

    Information including the proposed design and construction methodology will soon be sent out to businesses and residents in the immediate area and other key stakeholders. Construction is expected to commence in the coming months.

    Expanded Outdoor Dining Trial

    If you've been in Midtown recently you may have noticed the expanded al fresco areas providing space for people to sit, gather, chat, enjoy a drink, lunch or coffee and spend time in Midtown.

    These al fresco areas provide an additional 80m2 of expanded footpath available for outdoor dining, 39 planter boxes, 24 timber bench seats and four new bike racks.

    We'll be monitoring the facilities over the year and learnings will help guide the final streetscape design. In the meantime we'd love to know what you think.

    Are the new spaces contributing to a more welcoming street that encourages people to visit and spend time? Creating fun and unique identity for the street? Making the street more pedestrian friendly? These were all desired outcomes for Midtown identified during community engagement in 2019.

    Please share your thoughts via email or look out for a survey coming soon.

    Vibrance Festival achieves public art outcomes for the precinct

    The City of Hobart has commissioned four new Urban Art Walls in the Midtown precinct as part of Vibrance Festival in February this year. The festival saw 11 murals created by 17 artists and brought a full program of activities and activations to the Midtown and North Hobart precincts.

    The Midtown murals are located at The Stagg (Alice Cooley), Mother India (Paul Eggins), Shambles (Jasper Kelly) and The Tasmanian Health Service (Takira Simon-Brown), with an additional mural painted by Sarah Wells at 108 Bathurst St in celebration of International Womens Day. One of these murals was supported by a mentorship program that paired up Tasmanian Aboriginal artist, Takira Simon-Brown, with experienced street artist, TOPSK.

    The murals, which now form part of a collection dotted through the streetscape of Midtown up to North Hobart, encourage walking and bring vibrancy, colour and a sense of place.

    This public art project responds to recommendations developed by the Project Action Team which spoke of a desire for local artists to use existing underutilised spaces to enliven the public realm.


    Image: KreamArt painting a mural for Vibrance Festival 2021

  • Project Update - December 2020

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    Concept designs endorsed by Council

    At the Council meeting on 7 December 2020 Council endorsed the draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Midtown Retail Precinct project as a framework for future streetscape development in the project area. This milestone comes after an extensive two year consultation period. We extend our thanks all Midtown stakeholders who participated in the engagement over this period – with a special thanks to the Project Action Team (PAT) – all busy people who volunteered significant time to work together collaboratively.

    The draft concept design responds to the PAT's shared vision for Midtown co-designed with local traders, residents and property owners. The design re-imagines Elizabeth Street (between Melville and Warwick Streets) as a more welcoming, accessible and people-focused main street with better conditions for walking and cycling, spaces to sit and rest, greenery, street furniture and public art.

    The most recent public consultation period in October 2020 revealed 71% of respondents being supportive of the overall concept design. Feedback both for and against the concept design was captured in the engagement summary report which was considered by the Council in making the decision to endorse the concept design. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this process and providing constructive feedback on the concept design.

    When will it be built?

    As previously communicated, Council is not currently in a position to fund construction for the project, however project planning is continuing so that the project will be 'shovel ready', for when new funding opportunities arise. If funding became available, construction of block one could start in 2022.

    In the meantime, work will continue on the detailed design, costing, and implementation planning for the project. A further report is to be provided to Council next year with an implementation outline, including funding sources, cost estimate, financial implications and proposed timing of any on-ground works.

    Patrick Street Intersection

    Funding for safety improvements to the intersection at Elizabeth Street and Patrick Street has been secured though the Australian Government Black Spot Program. Design work for this improvement is underway, with implementation planned for the first half of 2022. Futher consultation will occur with stakeholders in this area soon.

  • Vibrance Festival 2021

    by Carl G,
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    Vibrance Festival is an arts and music festival that celebrates street art and urban culture. Vibrance Festival returns to Hobart over 7 days from 22-28 February 2021 showcasing 20+ artists including some amazing Tasmanian talent painting murals live at various sites along Elizabeth Street. Events will be staged in Midtown, from Melville Street and extending right up to North Hobart.

    The festival will focus on the painting of large-scale murals by Tasmanian artists, but will also include live music, street art tours, local food & beverage offerings as well as special pop-up events

    Expect live music, skateboarding demos, street art tours, markets, fairs, and food.

    Stay tuned to the festival website for more details on the event program, the lineup of artists and presale for ticketed events.

  • Project Update - November 2020

    by Carl G,

    Thanks to those who have participated in the project’s engagement to date, and for your recent feedback to the draft concept design. Your comments and contributions will now be reported to the Council for its consideration.

    The report of the feedback will be available to view on the agenda of the City Infrastructure Committee November 2020 meeting from COB tonight – at this webpage:

    http://hobart.infocouncil.biz/

    The report presents the results of the survey that was conducted through October, and will be discussed by the committee on Wednesday evening 25 November 2020. You can tune in to the meeting which will be livestreamed on the City of Hobart YouTube channel from 5.15pm.

    Tune in to the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrIBiZ0bXHUfnOAj8OAxqtA?view_as=subscriber

    We’ve heard lots of views and have aimed to capture a true record of those views in the report. If you feel that your views have not been sufficiently captured, and that you have more say, there are two additional pathways open to you.

    1) Email elected members
    You can email your elected members to let them know – as a group
    electedmembers@hobartcity.com.au.

    Or to the individual elected members on the City Infrastructure Committee -

    Councillor Harvey (chair) cr.harvey@hobartcity.com.au
    Lord Mayor Councillor Reynolds
    lord.mayor@hobartcity.com.au
    Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Burnet
    cr.burnet@hobartcity.com.au
    Councillor Ewin
    cr.ewin@hobartcity.com.au
    Alderman Behrakis
    ald.behrakis@hobartcity.com.au

    2) Make a deptuation
    Alternatively, you can request to make a deputation to the committee. This is a process where members of the public are given five minutes to address the Committee in relation to a report. Committee meetings are currently by Zoom and are broadcast on YouTube, and recorded. The committee chair is required to approve any requests for deputations.

    If you would like to consider applying to make deputation, please contact Council Support Officer, Belinda Herbert to discuss on 6238 2721 or herbertb@hobartcity.com.au

    Once the City Infrastructure Committee has considered the report, it will then be considered by the full Council, where it will make a decision about the next steps for the project, at its meeting on 7 December 2020.

  • Project Update - October 2020

    by Carl G,
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    Have Your Say! Public engagement period opens for Midtown concept designs

    The City is now seeking community feedback on the draft streetscape concept design for Midtown.

    The concept responds to the shared vision for Midtown co-designed with local traders, residents and property owners during a comprehensive community engagement program last year.

    The plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street (between Melville and Warwick Streets) as a more welcoming, accessible and people-focused main street with better conditions for walking and cycling, spaces to sit and rest, greenery, street furniture and public art.

    You can view the plans here and provide your feedback by completing this survey. Your feedback will help to refine the plan. The survey will remain open until 2 November 2020.

    When will the project be built?

    Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the Council’s financial position and as a result, the capital project is not currently funded. However project planning is continuing so that the project will be 'shovel ready', as new funding opportunities arise. This could mean the project gets delivered in stages and through different funding programs. We will keep you up to date as the situation evolves.

  • State Government Ready For Business Program

    by Carl G,

    The City is currently in discussion with the Department of State Growth in relation to making additional space available for outdoor dining in suitable sites adjacent to interested local food and beverage businesses. If successful, this would be a pilot project aiming to support local business to recover and prosper in the COVID-19 environment and to assist with the need for physical distancing. The City has appointed consultants Sugden and Gee to investigate suitable locations for trial dining decks, and engage with interested businesses in Midtown. We hope to update you soon about the outcomes of this work.

  • Park(ing) Day 2020: a glimpse of a greener, people friendly Elizabeth Street

    by Carl G,
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    On Friday 18 September, Elizabeth Street was transformed with number of pop-up parklets hosted by several of Midtown businesses to celebrate Park(ing) Day. Supported by the City of Hobart and delivered locally by the Tasmanian Young Planners, Park(ing) Day encourages people to see public spaces from a different angle, and their potential as a place for people to dwell rather than for cars. Starting in San Francisco in 2005, PARK(ing) Day is now celebrated in more than 160 cities. The successful event provided an glimpse of what a more greener, vibrant, active and inclusive people-focused Elizabeth street could look like in the future.

  • Patrick Street Intersection Safety Improvements

    by Carl G,
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    The City has recently secured funding under the Australian Government Black Spot Program to improve the Elizabeth Street/Patrick Street intersection to make it safer for pedestrians. The project is currently in the initial design stage.

  • Project Update - September 2020

    by Carl G,
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    The City has been working with Midtown businesses, property owners, and residents for many months now in a co-design process to re-imagine Elizabeth Street, Midtown as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street. Achieving something great takes time, and when things like COVID get in the way, sometimes they take a little longer, but when there is a desire and momentum to see change then some exciting things can happen. Take International Park(ing) Day for example. Occurring annually on the third Friday of September worldwide, the premise is to re-purpose an on-street car space for a day to create a 'parklet'. What is a parklet? A tiny park in an on-street car parking space, temporarily transformed into something different and social. Park(ing) Day demonstrates the what could be possible by re-claiming on-street car parking spaces into 'parklets' to help our cities become healthier, more comfortable, more creative and more successful outdoor human habitat.

    In recent weeks the Tasmanian Young Plannners have been working with several Midtown traders to prepare for this year's Park(ing) Day. On Friday 18 September we will see pop-up parklets curated and hosted by a record number of Midtown traders including The Stagg, Island Espresso, Bar Wa Izakaya, the CWA Gift Shop, Shoe Box café, Play Street landscape architects, and maybe more! Midtown will be transformed 'fleetingly' for a day to provide a glimpse of what a future Midtown might look and feel like. Park(ing) Day is for everyone. Make it to Midtown and join in the fun!

  • Project Update - August 2020

    by Carl G,
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    Last year the City collaborated with Midtown’s traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders (who formed a Project Action Team - PAT) in a co-design process, to identify priorities to upgrade Elizabeth Street (between Melville and Warwick Streets).

    A draft streetscape concept master plan for Midtown was developed in response to the PAT’s vision. This plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street.

    The future Elizabeth Street has better conditions for walking and cycling, wider footpaths, spaces to sit and rest, greenery, street furniture and public art. These changes would support the vibrant local businesses that Midtown is known for, and build on the area's natural strengths.

    We are excited to soon be able to share the concept master plan with key stakeholders and the wider community. Direct consultation with businesses and key stakeholders will be occurring later this month. Key stakeholders and businesses will be contacted directly by the project team in the coming days and invited to participate in this consultation.

    When will the project be built?

    Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the Council’s financial position. As a result, the funding that had previously been forecast to build this project starting in 2021 is no longer available. However we will continue planning to ensure the project is 'shovel ready', and pursue new funding as opportunities arise, including through Government programs and stimulus packages.

    For example, the City has recently been awarded funding to upgrade the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Elizabeth and Patrick Streets has been granted by the Australian Government under its Black Spot Road Safety Program. Improvements in this location are likely to commence in the first half of 2021.

    Upcoming street activation plans

    We are pleased to advise that the team from Vibrance Festival 2021 are still working on their plans to bring seven days of celebrating street art and culture along Elizabeth Street this coming summer.

    In addition to Vibrance, we are looking to work with the Project Action Team and local traders to identify and develop potential initiatives to encourage activation in the street to support local businesses, and to continue to develop the sense of place and community connection in Midtown. If you are interested in joining us at a workshop to help plan activation opportunities, please get in touch. We'll settle on a time and date that suits most.

    More details on this opportunity will be provided soon.

Page last updated: 09 December 2020, 11:07