Time to decide on mall future

August 12, 2017

The future of the Maude St Mall may be a step closer to being clear in just over a week’s time.

Greater Shepparton City Council has called a Special Council Meeting for next Tuesday to select who will be in charge of drafting solutions and designing options.

A successful tenderer is set to be awarded the contract to design four options for the beleaguered shopping strip at the meeting, the fruits of which will assist with a final outcome.

The first option is a full re-opening to traffic.

The second is a partial re-opening.

The third is redeveloping the pedestrian space with urban design solutions, while the contentious fourth option is to design a trial re-opening of the mall to traffic to assess the viability of a future full reopening.

Council chief executive Peter Harriott previously said councillors had asked for the same design and estimates being collected for three future mall proposals to be sought for a trial reopening to traffic.

He last month described the process as ‘‘seeking information, to make a better decision’’, and estimated it would likely be November before council was presented with the results of those four options.

Council’s sustainable development director Johann Rajaratnam had previously said one group would likely be selected to design all four future mall options sought.

‘‘What will happen after we select the preferred tenderer ... they’ll go away, have chats with executives, councillors, key players ... to get a bit of context, an understanding of key issues with this exercise,’’ he said.

‘‘And then, from that point onwards, we’ll decide which ones we like, if we go through consultation, so on and so forth.’’

The council had previously voted to allocate $250000 to securing the other three key proposed solutions, alongside $500000 across two years towards shorter-term fixes for the street.

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