Council seeks potential interest in central Main Rd site

Published on 29 August 2018

Eltham Activity Centre photo

Nillumbik Shire Council is to seek expressions of interest to partner with Council in the revitalisation of council-owned land on and between 895 and 907 Main Road, Eltham.

The land comprises the site of the former Eltham Shire Council offices, which has been vacant for almost 25 years, and adjoining council facilities at 903-907 Main Road.

Council’s vision is for an urban renewal project that creates a vibrant precinct supporting community and economic outcomes at the gateway to the Eltham town centre.

It believes the precinct has the potential to offer a range of community benefits and uses, including gathering and meeting places, spaces for community celebrations and place activation, while growing local employment activity and retaining existing uses within the precinct.

Nillumbik Mayor Cr Peter Clarke said the development would need to reflect Eltham’s unique sense of place and preferred character, through the provision of appropriate design features and materials.

Cr Clarke said the development would also need to provide public spaces that could support community uses, such as markets, concerts and outdoor cinema.

Council voted on 28 August to seek potential interest in the site.

As part of the redevelopment, Council will construct a new kindergarten in conjunction with the Eltham Child Care Co-operative, with senior citizens’ facilities incorporated in the development.

Advertisements for expressions of interest will appear in metropolitan daily newspapers in coming weeks.

Expressions of interest close on 21 September, with shortlisted proponents then invited to respond to a request for proposal.

Subject to a successful assessment and approval process, Council will engage in further public consultation, with a preferred proponent to be announced later this year.

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