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Community voices its hopes for Cheltenham/Mentone level crossing removal projects

14 December 2017

The Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project is coming soon and Kingston Council wants to make sure Cheltenham and Mentone’s history is preserved while ensuring the success of the precinct for years to come.

Kingston Council this week approved new planning guidelines for Mentone and Cheltenham to help influence the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) plans and achieve the best possible outcome for our local community during this once-in-a-generation project.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said Council had taken a proactive approach to make sure the community’s views helped shape the projects and that Council takes a leading role in shaping the centres’ futures.

“We’ve put together some fantastic ideas to help bring more green open space to the shopping centres, improve pedestrian safety, increase car parking and preserve our heritage buildings,” Cr Staikos said.

“We’re hoping the LXRA, who is responsible for the level crossing removal projects, will take on board our ideas and leave behind a fantastic legacy for our community for decades to come.”  

The new Cheltenham Structure Plan proposes:

  • creating significant new open spaces in the Cheltenham Activity Centre
  • providing up to 150 extra car spaces for the centre
  • retaining the heritage station buildings
  • creating pedestrian links into Cheltenham Park
  • providing new opportunities for housing and employment by building multi-storey buildings over the rail trench
  • retaining and showcasing the existing palm trees at the station
  • creating new opportunities for local traders.

    The Mentone Urban Design Framework has proposed: 

  • retaining the State-significant heritage station buildings
  • expanding and enhancing the Mentone Station Gardens
  • improving pedestrian and cycling links
  • providing extra open space
  • maintaining important commuter parking
  • an improved transport interchange
  • maintaining views to Kilbreda Tower by relocating a proposed multi-storey car parking building further south
  • enhancing Mentone’s historic feel.

Community feedback was given through pop-up information sessions at the shopping strips, a community meeting, individual meetings with local traders and online surveys.

Read more about the new Cheltenham Structure Plan and the Mentone Urban Design Framework at kingston.vic.gov.au/majorprojects

 

 

 

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