Prahran’s quirky and infamous Greville Street is set to undergo a facelift this year, with the streetscape and public area sections of the boulevard to be revamped.
With the initial consultation being complete, stage two of the plan invites residents and locals alike to have a say and get involved to “help stage the focus” of the improvement plan.
The key aims are to improve the connections of Greville and King Street to Chapel Street, accessibility to the Prahran train station, and to turn the Prahran Town Hall plaza and Grattan Gardens forecourt into areas for people to, “meet, gather, relax and enjoy.”
Public Spaces manager for the City of Stonnington, Rick Kwasek said: “Some of the issues we are hoping to address are problems around congestion, pedestrian safety, the difficulties around some of the intersections and provide more opportunities for curb-side dining.”
Local resident Torin Wood, 27, think’s the revamp is a good idea. “It makes sense, the roads around Greville Street are terrible for cars and parking. With the park, cafes and train line you could end up with a little bustling inner city area like they have in Paris and London, you could really build a community hub.”
Greville Street has a unique character and is home to some of Prahran’s most notable landscapes including the Prahran Town Hall plaza, the Prahran Library, Grattan Gardens forecourt, St Edmonds road, and Prahran station.
The street also plays host to an eclectic mix of businesses, bars, cafes, clothing boutiques and art galleries displaying works from anonymous street artists.
Maddison Goldsmith, 21, who works at one of the many busy cafes along the popular strip said: “This is quite a prominent street in Prahran, so if they make it more pedestrian friendly and ease the traffic flow, it will be much better. Cleaning up the area around Gratton Gardens would also be a good idea.”
The project is the next priority of the Chapel Street master plan, which has already seen improvements made to Windsor Plaza and other sections of Chapel Street.
Stonnington Council is eager to investigate “clever improvements” and “creative design features” for the streets and public areas to encourage more activity in the precinct, as well as making Greville, King and surrounding streets more pedestrian friendly, green and safe.
“It’s a fantastic place to visit and we want to try and improve that. There are lots of opportunities here to create great spaces,” Mr Kwasek said. – Georgia Simpson
Top photo from Marcus Grbac’s Flickr photostream.