Kingsway to be transformed

February 20, 2017
Naomi Dall

If you are a resident of Monash or are a frequent visitor to Glen Waverley, then you might be interested in plans that the City of Monash has for the precinct. 

According to an article by Christine McGinn in the Monash Leader newspaper on 14th February, 2017, Glen Waverley’s dining precinct will be overhauled to push out parking and bring in more pedestrians.

Kingsway will be stripped of 99 kerbside parking spaces with just the median strip of park spots left, so diners and visitors have more space on the footpath, according to Monash Council’s plans. 

The 99 spaces will be relocated to another carpark – to be built before the Kingsway transformation – in a 1200-space multi-level carpark in Montclair Ave. 

But the carpark will also have to include 800 new parking spots, partly paid for by traders’ contributions, 199 existing parks on the site, and 197 parks to replace those in Kingsway and the Glendale East carpark. 

Mayor Rebecca Paterson said Kingsway was a premier dining and entertainment precinct.

“(But) the traffic congestion, particularly cars waiting in Kingsway for a car space to become free, is undermining the potential of this area,” Cr Paterson said. 

Glen Waverley Traders Association president Christo Christophidis welcomed the transformation but said parking was the number one issue and a carpark needed to be built immediately. 

“It will be game-changing, as we are the jewel in Monash’s crown,” Mr Christophidis said. “We are the busiest precinct in Monash and deserve the attention and funds to elevate the aesthetic look and services that must come with change before other precincts get the much valued funds.”

 An artist’s impression of Monash Council ‘s vision to transform Kingsway in Glen Waverley into a pedestrian friendly space. Inset: dining out in Kingsway. 

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