Sight on $400 million triangle trophy

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By Daniel Wilson

Did not like the old $400 million St Kilda Triangle plan? Boom! Here is a new $400 million plan.

Almost a decade ago Council embarked on turning St Kilda Triangle into a retail, hotel and tourist destination. Protesters declared the plan sucked.

Now there is a new plan that takes the purpose away from shopping and nightclubs, and instead provides more open space and cultural activity, although still includes a hotel.

It has been a slow process that is nowhere near completed. St Kilda News reported on the Interim Masterplan in October, which took years of workshops and consultations to produce.

After a bit of community feedback, the Interim Masterplan became the Draft Masterplan. Council is now inviting more feedback until 29 January. Simply go to the St Kilda Triangle page to have your say (http://haveyoursayatportphillip.net.au/st-kilda-triangle).

The key features include:

  • Extension of the slopes, leading into a plaza at Jacka Boulevard
  • A cultural facility, such as a gallery, with a rooftop lawn coming out at The Esplanade level and an underground car park
  • A new forecourt connecting the Palais, Luna Park and the entrance to the cultural facility
  • A terrace beside the Palais, which could include cafes, to enhance the vibrancy of the precinct.

After the current round of feedback has been completed Council will embark on developing a business case and work out the details.

Preliminary costings have been released:

  • Carpark: $36,557,800
  • Public open space: $21,505,130
  • Complementary uses: $9,046,020
  • Cultural facility: $110,274,585
  • Hotel (visitor accommodation): $17,955,21
  • External works (i.e. Cavell St, Jacka Boulevard and pedestrian crossing improvements):
  • $7,230,000

An additional $170.7m in margin, adjustments and project contingencies has been identified, including an estimated $4m for the construction of an optional pedestrian bridge over Jacka Boulevard.

Funding for the project has not been secured, but sources could include Council, State Government and private industry. The document argues that given the potential economic benefit for the State of a significant ‘cultural tourism attractor’, the focus of the Business Case will be to demonstrate this to State Government.

Council is on a big game hunt to fill the cultural facility. The trophy, as reported by St Kilda News in October, is the National Gallery of Vicotira’s Contemporary Art gallery, which it is still vying for.

“This is an exciting project in the heart of St Kilda which has the potential to attract even more visitors as well as providing a fantastic place for our residents to enjoy,” Mayor Bernadene Voss said.

“We are eager for our community to provide their comments via our Have Your Say website from today.  Their views will help as we develop the final masterplan expected to be considered by Council in March next year,” Cr Voss said.

“The interim masterplan was received positively by industry and Council is working hard on developing a fundable and achievable business case highlighting the many opportunities this site offers to the public sector and the Victorian Government.”

A report summarising the submissions, and including an officers’ recommendation on the direction to amend the draft masterplan, will be presented at a Council meeting in February.

 

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