Plans for Village hub creates a buzz

Council purchases Station Street land for Village hub

With the purchase of a parcel of land at 100 Station Street, Knox Council has taken a significant step towards the development of a modern, multi-purpose community hub in
Ferntree Gully.

Knox Council Mayor, Cr Darren Pearce, said the purchase is a significant and strategic
step by Council in planning for the future revitalisation of Ferntree Gully Village.

‘As laid out in the Ferntree Gully Structure Plan, there is a clear vision for Ferntree Gully Village to be a modern, vibrant and thriving Village centre, featuring a new multi purpose built community hub,’ the Mayor said.

This is a medium to long-term strategic purchase and Council intends taking the time
needed to ensure the best possible outcome for the community. It is committed to working
closely with the community and other key stakeholders, to plan for a hub and for the key priorities identified in the Ferntree Gully Structure Plan.

Dobson Ward Councillor Jake Keogh welcomed the purchase of Quinn’s land for a community hub.

‘The Station Street site is centrally located within easy reach of local shops, the train station and other services. With the building of the hub, this site will become a focal
point for community activity into the future.

‘Providing opportunity for new activity in the village centre also has the potential to increase its sense of vibrancy or “buzz” – which is something that community members have told us they would like to see,’ he said.

The 2,402m parcel of land and accompanying buildings adjoining the railway station, are currently the site of existing shops and businesses as well as a car park. Shop and business owners have been assured that Council is committed to their ongoing tenancy in the short term.

It is expected that the planning for this site will take up to five years, plenty of time for community involvement in planning for the best outcomes.

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