Florence Street to come alive

This is the first picture of the town centre revamp – coming to you in the first half of next year and promising a greener, more contemporary feel to Hornsby’s heart.

Work will begin in Florence Street on an enhanced shared pedestrian and vehicle thoroughfare connecting the overpass with the existing Mall, Hornsby’s retail and commercial centre, after the new bridge is opened at the end of this year.

As part of the $7 million state and council-funded project, it will complement the new overpass designed to more efficiently accommodate the 15,000 commuters, shoppers, schoolchildren and office workers who cross the old bridge every day.

The new look, from the award-winning designers behind Central Park on Broadway and Central Barangaroo, will feature granite paving linking the Mall to the bridge and beyond to George Street, a ‘shared zone’ which council says will return the right of way to pedestrians with vehicles restricted to 10 kph, elevated terraces with alfresco dining, outdoor timber bench seating interspersed with concrete walls and trees planted for increased shade.

With the existing Mall design 25 years-old, plus the boom in Hornsby’s population density, increased cultural diversity and bustling cafe culture, the revamp is long overdue. “With the arrival of the new Hornsby Footbridge, the time is right to look at revitalising the Mall,” said local Liberal MP Matt Kean.

“Enhancing Hornsby Mall to become a more vibrant, attractive and welcoming place stands to benefit local businesses by providing new and existing visitors to Hornsby Mall more reasons to visit more regularly, and stay longer when they do.”

The revamp is the first stage of a promised full upgrade of the whole Mall area. Kean added: “Council has recently engaged consultants to develop a Master Plan for the Mall. A stakeholder meeting has been held to get some initial input, along with an online survey for residents and businesses. This feedback will help shape the Master Plan.”

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