Bentleigh Library will be transformed into a new community centre that integrates Council’s Youth Services.
About the project
Eat Street is an exciting and transformative project for Bentleigh, planned for the area currently occupied by the rotunda and plaza to the south of Centre Road (along Vickery Street to the north and the interjoining section of Centre Road). The project was identified as a priority projects to activate the commercial precinct through the Bentleigh Structure Plan.
With the support of our State Government partners, the project involves re-imagining these areas as public space that supports socialising, shopping, outdoor dining and community activities. Drawing on emerging culture in Bentleigh, Eat Street will be a pedestrianised mall area, with outdoor seating, activated by cafes, restaurants and bars.
Key elements of the Eat Street project include:
- Redesigning and renewing the Bentleigh rotunda.
- Extending the current plaza space from the rotunda, over Centre Road to Vickery Street.
- Linking this extended space with the area behind the shops, envisaged as future plaza space.
- Relocating the pedestrian crossing over Centre road to align with the rotunda and the entry to Vickery Street, creating a strong north-south connection to the Activity Centre.
The area will be beautified by planting and rain gardens. Adjacent land uses, including cafes and restaurants, that currently line both sides of this section of Centre Road and the corner of Vickery Street will be encouraged to spill into the plaza areas.
What's happening now?
Following engagement with the community on ideas and concept designs, finalised detailed design work has been completed, and construction has begun.
To ensure that impact on the trader and wider community is minimised, construction is occurring in two stages.
Stage 1 works are underway and are expected to be finished in July 2022.
Stage 2 works are programmed to commence in July 2022 and completed by June 2023 with a pause during the Bentleigh Festival and holiday season.
This project is partly funded by the Victorian Government’s $50 million Local Parks Program.
Find out more: www.environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks