Outside of a massive night at Riva, you've probably not spent a heap of time at St Kilda Marina. That is unless you own one of the expensive boats that are moored there.
The new plans that are currently being proposed for St Kilda Marina will change that, creating new public space, hospitality venues, and retail spaces—as well as creating better access to the Bay Trail.
City of Port Phillip will host a Q&A session on Thursday 30 July at 7pm for you to find out everything you need to know about the proposal. You can register here.
The St Kilda Marina was first built in the late 1960s and is at the end of a 50-year lease on the area. The interim lease arrangement has been put in place until 2022 to enable the city to finalise plans for what happens next with the iconic spot.
The new lease will be for 35-years with more time available if the performance criteria are met. The design features and key outcomes that will be delivered are:
- Public open space at the site expanding from four to 50 per cent.
- Far less fencing to make the site more accessible and inclusive and better connected to adjacent public open space. This means the public would, for the first time, be able to gain access along the peninsula and the boundary of Marina Reserve.
- Marine Parade works to create a retail/food and beverage strip as part of a slight increase in commercial space from 3,600m2 to 3,745m2 net lettable area (potential for future expansion to the maximum of 5000m2 dependent on demand and Council approval).
- Realignment of the bay trail to address high conflict zones between bikes, pedestrians and cars and better pedestrian and bike paths through the site, with the possibility of a future additional bay trail link along the peninsula connected to the Marina Reserve side by a bridge, depending on future funding by Council.
- Carparking sections redesigned as flexible spaces that can be activated in quiet times for a range of community events and activities, such as festivals, markets, informal sports and recreation activities.
- Consolidated and slightly increased boat storage capacity to 300 within a dry boat storage facility, with an additional 100 capacity possible (dependent on demand and Council approval).
- A new fit for purpose Australian Volunteer Coast Guard facility
- Significantly improved environmental, coastal and climate resilience benefits.
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