Construction begins on Artarmon local centre streetscape upgrade
Published on 23 March 2023
Willoughby Council is pleased to announce construction is now underway on the major upgrade to Hampden Road in the Artarmon Local Centre, which will deliver improved pedestrian safety, increased space for outdoor dining and shopping, better lighting and a new public amenities building.
Willoughby Mayor Tanya Taylor said that the $8 million dollar project will deliver much needed infrastructure to enhance the centre’s village character.
‘This project will be a game-changer for Artarmon, increasing the liveability, accessibility and safety of the Artarmon local centre, while stimulating economic activity and growth,’ Willoughby Mayor Tanya Taylor said.
‘While these works are underway, Council will be working hard to support local businesses, and encourages the local community to continue to support our much-loved Artarmon traders.’
The Artarmon Local Centre improvements form part of the Artarmon Local Centre Public Domain Masterplan which was endorsed by Council in November 2020, after extensive community consultation with businesses and the community.
‘The Artarmon Local Centre is a quintessential high street, offering a focal point to access trains, shop at local businesses, and importantly, provide a public space for the wider community to connect.’
‘Public spaces are the heart of our communities. This rejuvenation will deliver a green, welcoming hub, where the community can come together and enjoy everything Artarmon has to offer.’ Mayor Taylor added.
Council has been working to meet milestones set by the State Government and created our new Local Environment Plan to access funding to be able to make a greater investment to the Artarmon Local Centre.
The new Local Environment Plan incorporates years of strategic planning and community engagement, and will provide a suite of modern and innovative controls to guide future development.
Images: Artarmon local centre streetscape upgrade - Before and after
The project is co-funded by Willoughby City Council and the NSW Government, with the Council managing the project and contributing $3.43M with an additional $4.63M being contributed by the NSW Government from its NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.
The NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program is a once in a generation investment in high quality public open space. Together with the NSW Government, Willoughby Council is delivering infrastructure for communities to love the place they live.
The overall completion date is anticipated in mid 2024, weather and state agency approvals permitting.
Visit NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program for more information.