Council has commenced the next phase of an urban renewal planning process aimed at revitalising the area which takes in 895 and 903-907 Main Road Eltham by issuing a Request For Proposal (RFP).
These Council-owned sites consist of the former Eltham Shire offices - vacant since 1996 - and the Eltham War Memorial buildings complex.
The precinct contains a number of significant sites such as the iconic Eltham library, train station and public transport interchange, war memorial building complex and cenotaph, community market site, significant retail strip and adjacent community facilities and open spaces.
Any development must seamlessly incorporate existing services or functions delivered either on or adjacent to these particular sites.
Some of the existing buildings and infrastructure - the Eltham War Memorial buildings complex is a case in point – are outdated and no longer meet contemporary service needs or standards.
Nevertheless, any development must reflect Eltham’s unique sense of history, place and preferred character through the provision of appropriate design features and materials. In addition public spaces that could support community uses such as markets, concerts and outdoor cinema should also be considered.
Any development partner must deliver on Council’s vision for the precinct at no cost to ratepayers. A potential redevelopment may include a broad range of uses that include retirement living, boutique hotel, regional art gallery and community spaces aligned with the needs of the community and Eltham town centre.
The feasibility of these or other potential uses will only be established through testing the market. Council is currently exploring the commercial realities of the development through a two-phase market testing process.
Developer proposals must reflect the community’s 2013 vision and principles for the wider precinct located between Main Road and north to the Diamond Creek, and conform to the planning scheme.
Precincts 3 and 4 will be locally cherished as a highly accessible, convenient and attractive location in Eltham Town Centre to catch public transport and access information, art and civic services and conduct a range of social, community and everyday business activities.
The precincts will be well connected, both visually and physically, with the rest of the Eltham Town Centre, the surrounding parkland, nearby sporting facilities and the Diamond Creek Trail. The precincts will be highly accessible, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists and will reflect Eltham’s local environment and heritage.
Having received strong interest from the private sector through the Expression of Interest phase, Council has now invited shortlisted proponents to participate on the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase with submissions due in December.
Proposals will be considered by Council in early 2019. Those proposals which best meet Council’s evaluation criteria, reflecting Council’s vision and principles will be subject to an extensive process of broader community engagement across the entire development proposal to inform future Council decisions on the project
Council is also reviewing the Structure Plans for the Diamond Creek and Eltham Activity Centres.
For information, view Council’s community engagement portal