EVERY City of Mandurah councillor has at some point been asked what was going to be done about the Smart Street Mall, according to Cr Peter Rogers.
Now plenty of good things are likely to happen following the council’s recommendation to adopt a final concept plan for an upgrade of Smart Street.
The plan was recommended for adoption on the basis of proceeding with detail design and construction documentation.
A complete upgrade is planned with the primary focus on creating an adaptable, pedestrian-focused street.
The status quo will remain with the chosen option keeping the pedestrian mall with vehicle access from an existing car park at the southern end.
An option involving the opening up of Smart Street to through traffic had been given extensive consideration.
A new flowing mall will include the removal of straight rows of repeated elements that clutter and divide the street including raised planters, lights, seats and bins, along with the removal of outdated infrastructure such as paving, lighting, bins, bike rails, signage and seating.
An open paved area at the northern end will feature a fixed shelter canopy, an area for a range of portable stage and event options and overhead lighting while a salute to the history of the area – Peel Preserving Works and the Santoy Ballroom – will feature in murals and signage.
The council plans to work with business owners on back-of-business improvements, particularly in Barracks Lane and with property owners to establish defined access through private property from Barracks Lane to Smart Street and the Santoy Arcade.
The City of Mandurah is expected to vote on adopting the concept plan at the April 30 meeting.