The City of Unley has commenced its highly anticipated plans for the redesign of King William Road. With the purpose of preserving the village identity, the project will majorly see the road repaved with upgrades to the street. This change will feature increased greening of the street, opportunities for people to gather, and contains more pedestrian crossings in exchange for a reduction in on-street parking.
General Manager City Development John Devine said that “the upgrade will modernise the street and offer more sophisticated shopping and dining experiences, while retaining the precinct’s village character through a paved roadway, parking spaces, clear footpaths, boutique stores and highlighting its heritage buildings, which was equally important to the community.”
The redesign will cause a reduction of on-street parking but the Council have said that with the increase of street activity, greater open spaces for the community and better colour and quality, it has been a preferred option than the alternatives which proposed less change.
“With design elements such as increased places to sit, greening, greater pedestrian access, the benefits and associated accessibility for pedestrians will far outweigh the small reduction in on-street car park spaces. Council will also work with local landlords to maximise the awareness, accessibility and capacity of the many off-street car parks within the Precinct,” Mr Devine said.
The city of Unley are also welcoming feedback! The final design will be presented to the Council on the 27th of August and construction will commence early 2019!
Here is how you can pass on your feedback:
Where: King William shop front at 183-185 King William Road
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Time: 11am – 2pm
OR: designkingwilliam.com or Your Say on the City of Unley’s website.