ARMSTRONG Street in the Ballarat CBD is set to undergo a major $1 million revamp, which will include removing the parking spaces in the centre of the street.
Central road parking between Sturt and Mair streets will be replaced by trees, with the parallel parking on the side of the street to be turned into angle parking.
It is hoped the plan will increase pedestrian traffic and benefit the growing number of restaurants, cafes and bars in the area.
Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan will today visit Ballarat to announce the plan, with the state government to contribute $500,000.
The City of Ballarat will provide a further $587,194 toward the works, which are part of its CBD strategy.
Mr Ryan said the planned upgrades would add to Armstrong Street’s growing reputation as a lifestyle precinct.
However, the City of Ballarat refused to comment when asked what the makeover would mean for the parking situation in the CBD.
“Armstrong Street is one of Ballarat’s most important thoroughfares and this project will ensure more harmonious interaction between the pedestrians who come to enjoy the many cultural and culinary offerings and vehicle traffic,” said Mr Ryan.
“Revitalising the streetscape will also help attract new business to the area, including the laneway bars and cafes that contribute to the desirable lifestyle on offer in Ballarat.”
He said the works would benefit longstanding tenants, including the popular Stockade Cellars, The Forge Pizzeria and Gemmola’s bakery.
New parking meters, seats and bike stands will be installed as part of the project.
There will also be an enhancement of bluestone curbing, guttering and sections of paving to enhance historic amenity.
As part of the development it is expected there will be engineering works, including earthworks, drainage, pavement construction and road construction.