A NEW hotel, more residential buildings and an exhibition centre in the Goods Shed are some of the ideas put forward in the proposed redevelopment of the Ballarat Railway Station Precinct.
The draft master plan for the area was released yesterday at Jacksons and Co, where residents were given the opportunity to give feedback ahead of the final proposal.
Other parts of the plan would see the bus interchange relocated north of the station, an elevated walkway built over the rail tracks and new public forecourts connecting the space.
The process for redeveloping the area is being lead by Victrack, the state government body in charge of rail assets.
Victrack development manager Paul Martino said the released plan was the result of community consultation.
He said the reuse of the bluestone Goods Shed reflected a state government initiative to reuse existing buildings.
“The idea is that people will give us feedback to how we have interpreted their requirements, so we can prepare an alternate master plan,” he said.
Mr Martino said respecting heritage had been a big concern for the community so far, as was maintaining the current level of car parking.
Under the plan some car parks would be moved in the development, with the long-term plan to replace the spaces north of the station with a multi-deck car park on Mair Street.
Parking would increase from 410 spaces to 445 spaces in the short-term before eventually decreasing to 385 spaces.
Mr Martino said a lot of the feedback had been positive, although some had already raised concerns over the impact on traffic and parking.
“We’ve also had to clarify the staging with people, so there are short, medium and long term aspirations,” he said.
It is expected the final master plan for the area will be released early next year.