Work to ensure that Hume Central – The Vision can become a reality is underway, so that the development of a commercial, civic, retail and residential precinct can transform the heart of Broadmeadows.
With Town Hall Broadmeadows now open, focus has shifted to delivering the vision and the conversion of the loop road linking Pascoe Vale Road to Camp Road into car parking, which will support the delivery of the State Government-approved Broadmeadows Structure Plan 2012 / Greater Broadmeadows Framework Plan 2017.
Mayor of Hume, Councillor Carly Moore, said Hume Central is the heart of Broadmeadows – adjacent to Broadmeadows Railway Station; three-hectares of Council-owned land that has already been developed over the last 10 years into the Hume Global Learning Centre, the Civic Plaza and the Council office.
“Council now wants to transform the remainder of the Hume Central site, which has capacity for approximately 24,000 sqm of commercial office, 3,400 sqm retail, 3,200 sqm civic and 210 apartments – the result being a significant boost in local jobs during the construction phase and beyond,” Cr Moore said.
“We know the car parking within the precinct is important, so, Council has come up with an innovative solution that will support the broader redevelopment of the precinct in line with Hume Central – The Vision.
“The removal of the loop road should result in minimal changes for motorists and pedestrians – travel times and performance should be very similar to existing conditions as the alternate is just 750 metres longer.”
The plan for the loop road is also detailed in the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board ‘Advice to Government’ that was produced in August 2018 and submitted to the State Government. State MP for Broadmeadows, Mr Frank McGuire, is the chair of the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board.
Its report states that ‘unlocking the development potential of Council’s 3-hectares of land holdings in the town centre… is dependent on existing at grade car parking being relocated to the Loop Road site on the fringe of the town centre.’ (p.13)
Cr Moore concluded with its rich history, vibrant mix of cultures and community spirit, Broadmeadows is ready for redevelopment.
“We want to increase opportunities for local employment and take advantage of the town centre’s proximity to Melbourne, road network connections and public transport,” Cr Moore said.
“The implementation of the structure plan has truly been a collaborative effort. Council would like to thank Mr McGuire as well as a range of State Government authorities who have helped to identify the issues and find the solutions that will unlock and revitalise Broadmeadows for current and future generations.”