People friendly Ovens Street

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

A PRO­POSED plan goes be­fore Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta coun­cil­lors to­mor­row night.

It’s im­por­tant for those in­ter­ested in how a re­design of Ovens Street and King Ge­orge V Gar­dens to look at the changes in their en­tirety be­fore pass­ing judge­ment on whether it’s a good or bad thing for the city.

The loss of park­ing spa­ces, par­tic­u­larly no more an­gle park­ing on the west­ern side of Ovens Street, is likely to be con­tentious among those who cur­rently use the area for park­ing.

A more pedes­trian friendly ap­proach to the area will of­fer people to use the park and shop at the re­tail stores in the CBD in close prox­im­ity.

If the project does go ahead the idea of en­tic­ing people to spend more time in the CBD could ben­e­fit from the changes.

King Ge­orge V Gar­dens is a great place to have in such a central lo­ca­tion and as the Co-store com­plex evolves over time, the two could prove to be a ma­jor as­set for the ru­ral city.

The multi-level car park ad­join­ing the Co-store has been un­der­used since it was built, how­ever, park­ing costs ex­actly the same as it does on the street.

People also don’t have to pay the full hour any­more when us­ing the multi-level car park.

Co-store man­age­ment are also work­ing hard to at­tract new re­tail out­lets to the build­ing.

There is po­ten­tial for a dy­namic ex­pe­ri­ence on Ovens Street when all the ducks line up.

Coun­cil­lors stood against con­tin­u­ing with Moloney’s Ar­cade plans last month, but will they stand against this plan which also pro­poses to re­duce park­ing?

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