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Transforming Eastwood

Published on 14 February 2019

Eastwood Town Centre is a vibrant and well patronised shopping centre that services both the needs of the community and those from surrounding areas. 

But it is also a town centre affected by chronic traffic and parking problems that have negative impacts on Eastwood businesses and hurt the local economy.

As a result, a range of major proposals are currently being considered to improve traffic and parking in Eastwood town centre while also creating new and modern open spaces for the community.

The following is a brief summary of the major Eastwood proposals being considered.

Glen Street shopper car park relocation and new open space

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Artist's impression of proposed design of new shopper car park on Shaftsbury Road, Eastwood

What does it involve? Based on the findings of an independent Traffic and Parking Study, Council is gauging whether the community supports the relocation of the Glen Street car park to the nearby Shaftsbury Road Precinct.

The current site of the Glen Street car park would be transformed into a public outdoor area with the potential of a community facility and an active retail space also introduced into the vacated area.

Why has this been proposed? The independent Traffic and Parking Study commissioned by the City of Ryde modelled four scenarios for a new car park as a way to solve the traffic and parking issues impacting on Eastwood town centre.

Of these scenarios, Option 3B in which the Glen Street car park was relocated to the Shaftsbury Road Precinct was identified as the best option for traffic performance and would allow for approximately 150 additional car spaces for shoppers.

What next? The City of Ryde is currently undertaking consultation on whether the community supports Option 3B as well as the findings of the independent Traffic and Parking Study. This consultation is taking place until 13 March 2019.

The results of the consultation will be reported to Council for endorsement and funding if it is determined that the project is to progress any further. If the project is to progress planning considerations, investigative studies , environmental and stormwater considerations, detailed design and an approvals process will need to be completed prior to any works commencing.

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Rowe Street East shopper car park

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Artist's impression of the proposed design for the new Rowe Street shopper's car park

What does it involve? The City of Ryde will build a new multi-storey car park on 53-71 Rowe Street East as a way to address chronic parking shortages for shoppers in the area.

The shopper car park will have a minimum of 150 parking spots and will be built at the current site of the Rowe Street East car park in order to support the proper functioning of the eastern town centre of Eastwood. In a first for a City of Ryde-owned facility, the Rowe Street East shopper car park will feature charging stations for electric vehicles

Why has this been proposed? The new shopper car park is consistent with the key findings of the independent Traffic and Parking Study which identified that additional car parking spaces were needed on the eastern side of Eastwood, but pointed to evidence that commuter parking spots in Rowe Street East car park would be unsuitable.

Once completed it will be the biggest increase in public parking places in Eastwood in almost 50 years.

What next? A development application has been lodged by the City of Ryde. A lot of the information contained in the development application reflects feedback from the community during consultation conducted by the City of Ryde.

It is anticipated construction work to build the new Rowe Street East shopper car park will begin in the first half of 2020 and, weather permitting, the car park will be operational by the end of 2020.

Eastwood Plaza upgrade

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Artist's impression of the draft concept for the upgraded Eastwood Plaza

What does it involve? The City of Ryde is considering whether to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for the upgrade of Eastwood Plaza.

Some of the key aspects of the draft concept plan include retention of the arbour, performance stage at the eastern end, central open area for tai chi, market stalls and a regraded western end that includes raised seating areas, a new water feature, street furniture and trees.

Why has this been proposed? Property developer Yuhu Group Australia has made the voluntary offer to the City of Ryde in association with a development application for the redevelopment of Eastwood Shopping Centre.

Aside from upgrading Eastwood Plaza, the voluntary offer also includes the dedication to the City of Ryde of five affordable housing apartments and upgrading pedestrians spaces surrounding the remainder of the Eastwood Shopping Centre (beyond Eastwood Plaza).

What next? The City of Ryde is currently undertaking consultation on the community’s views of the proposed Eastwood Plaza upgrade. This consultation is taking place until 27 February 2019.

Following this, the VPA will be return to Council for final determination.  Yuhu Group Australia’s development application is to be determined by the Sydney North Planning Panel following public exhibition and Council’s final decision on the VPA.

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What's happening in Eastwood - map

Check out the map below to see what's happening and where. 

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Last updated on 14 February 2019