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Mall’s $2.8 million revamp underway

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A fresh upgrade is now underway for one of Lake Macquarie’s busiest pedestrian malls, with works starting on-site this week.

The $2.8 million transformation of Pearson Street Mall is expected to deliver a flexible space for people to connect, eat, work and play within the heart of Charlestown.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser says the mall’s redevelopment will revitalise retail and commercial opportunities in the surrounding precinct.

“The mall is a gateway to our city’s largest retail precinct,” Cr Fraser says.

“The modernisation of this area will reinvent the space, transforming it into a hub for the Charlestown community.

“The upgrade will allow for events, markets, live music and food trucks, providing opportunities for businesses, workers and residents.

“This is an exciting project for our city and I look forward to seeing this area re-energised and re-purposed.”

The revitalisation project includes smart cities initiatives such as smart bins, environmental sensors, Wi-Fi and digital signage, as well as custom-made street furniture, creative lighting, new landscaping, improved street lighting, and an upgrade at the intersection of Ridley Street and Pearson Street.

The council’s Manager Assets Management, Brendan Callander, says the improvements will deliver a safer, pedestrian-friendly precinct.

“As part of the works, we will be replacing the existing pavement, reducing trip hazards and providing safer access through the mall,” Mr Callander says.

“We’ll also be replacing trees in the mall with mature specimens more suited to the local environment and less likely to cause root damage.”

Works are expected to be completed by early 2021.

The revamp is set to complement recent works completed by GPT, the owner of Charlestown Square, at its reinvented north piazza, The Corner.

The council states it will work closely with businesses and residents in the area to minimise impacts of the project, where possible.

Visit its website to stay up-to-date with the project.

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