Crown & Cleveland Street upgrade

18 April 2013

The $9 million budget is for the revitalisation of the southern precinct of Crown Street, involves upgrading three separate streets – Crown, Baptist and Cleveland Street.

Most of the budget will be spent on Crown Street works between Cleveland and Devonshire Street and involves new footpaths, street lighting, undergrounding services, and street furniture to support outdoor dining in one of Sydney’s most vibrant dining strips.

This project also includes planting hedging along Cleveland Street between Moore Park and Prince Alfred Park.

The City consulted extensively with the community on this project which will be delivered in three stages.

Stage 1 – Streetscape works at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Baptist Street included new paving and hedge planting along Cleveland Street extending to approximately 200 metres on either side of the intersection. This has been completed.

Stage 2 – Completing the hedge planting on Cleveland Street to 1km in length between Moore Park and Prince Alfred Park. This has been completed.

Stage 3 – Streetscape improvements to Crown St from Cleveland to Devonshire. These works will involve new footpaths, street lighting, undergrounding services, and street furniture.

Design for stage 3 is being finalised and the city hopes to go out to tender later in the year. More than half of the overall $9 million budget has been allocated to this stage.

Businesses along Cleveland Street have said:

Local shopkeepers said the new street trees and shrubs have already made a big difference, giving life back to the footpath and shielding pedestrians from the noisy, polluting traffic.

“I like the greenery on Cleveland Street; it definitely brightens the place up,” said Billy Saracoglu, manager of Erciyes Turkish Restaurant, which has traded on Cleveland Street for 20 years.

“I hear people out on the street talking about it, and they seem to enjoy it, too.”

Abe Kaufman, owner of Fernside Coffee Shoppe, said: “The planting is awesome! I’m really happy with it.”

Brad Cox from Bar Cleveland said everyone loves the green as it encourages people to enjoy the outdoors.

“It’s so much nicer to have the gardens breaking up the concrete and obviously our guests really appreciate being able to sit outside enjoying the scenery,” Mr Cox said.

People who work in Cleveland Street are also enjoying the garden beds.

“We couldn’t believe it when the garden appeared outside. It is much appreciated and makes coming to work much nicer,” Marianne Ritter of Blue Phoenix Screenprinting said.

Last updated: Thursday, 9 January 2014