Prahran’s Chapel Street set for renovation

April 29, 2013 by  

A plan is taking shape in the first step toward improving the iconic Chapel Street in Prahran.

The council is requesting feedback from businesses, residents and shoppers regarding the future of the precinct.

Mayor of Stonnington, Matthew Koce, has provided a number of suggestions, including pedestrian crossing upgrades, open spaces and improved street furniture. He also suggested developing a greener look and feel for the neighbourhood. He said:

“The whole idea of this project is to reinvigorate the stretch, not reinvent it…we will stay true to what everyone already loves about Chapel Street.”

Jim Pothitos, president of the Chapel Street Precinct, is glad to see the area back on the programs list for capital works as part of the 2013-14 budget. He hopes for user-friendly and innovative outcomes, such as extra bike racks, relaxation areas and street art.

It is not the first time locals have heard of such a plan, however, and some are wary. Trader Marcel Feil has seen many rejuvenation plans come and go during the last 40 years. He said:

“This has happened before. I lost count how many times exactly. It would be nice if this time something did happen.”

Feil is against the reduction of car park spaces and the addition of extra public seating in Prahran, citing anti-social behaviour as a possible result.

Community consultation is underway, with suggestions from all interested parties welcome. Flyer printing and poster printing services are being used to encourage this community input.