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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