Rejuvenating High Street’s Preston Junction Precinct
The Junction Urban Masterplan has been prepared by Darebin Council together with the community to improve the attractiveness and liveability of public space in the Junction Precinct.
We have recently completed a major streetscape upgrade to High Street to support slower speed travel and create a safer space for pedestrians and cyclists. These traffic calming devices include a central planted median, kerb outstands, additional pedestrian crossing and new landscaping. These changes provide new opportunities for outdoor dining, creating a more vibrant street for the community.
Creating a new public space at the corner of Oakover Road and High Street, Preston
Delivering a safe, accessible public open space on the corner of Oakover Road and High Street is a key project in the Junction Urban Masterplan (JUMP). Council recognises that additional public spaces are needed for the growing community.
Construction works to create the new public space are scheduled to commence on Wednesday 21 August 2019 and are expected to take up to six weeks.
Detailed engineering, drainage and landscape designs have been developed for the area. Development of the new public space is planned to be staged across two years.
Stage one works will include widening the footpath along High Street near the Oakover Road corner, softening the radius for cars turning left in Oakover Road, planting six new trees and installing a drinking fountain.
Roads and footpaths surrounding this area may need to be closed due to safety for short periods of time. Pedestrian access to and from businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.
Funding for the second stage of works will be considered in future years and are planned to include the installation of new seating and bins, tree planting and creation of additional gardens beds, a bike repair station and bike parking.
A pop-up park was installed in this area in 2016, which allowed Council and community to test future options for the space. Council voted to keep the slip lane closed following planned removal of the ‘pop-up park’ until further feedback could be sought from the community regarding the future option of this space.
At a Council meeting on 4 September 2017 Council unanimously resolved to support the permanent closure of the Oakover Road slip lane and create a new public space for the Preston Junction community.
This decision supports the opinions of the local community. Following a recent community consultation, which discussed the future options for this site, a total of 213 submissions were received regarding the project. Over two-thirds of the community who participated in consultation, supported the permanent closure of the slip lane to create a new public space. You can view the consultation outcomes in the document library (see web link below).
For further information please visit http://www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/JUMP
Further information email Public.Places@darebin.vic.gov.au