The proposal for the redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market site released today is more or less the same as before. No alteration.
Whilst the Council claims it is undertaking community consultation the fact is they are pushing ahead with their preferred option, funded by a developer land grab
The proposed hiving off of land and the extension of Franklin Street is huge mistake and short term thinking. They just wasted 3 million dollars destroying La Trobe street now they want to redirect that traffic past the market's southern edge, along Franklin Street and past the City Baths causing a major traffic problem at the intersection of Franklin and Victoria Streets. (The area of Franklin Street, between Swanston Street and Victoria Street, should be closed off and handed over to RMIT to develop as outdoor urban community space.)
The development of a high rise tower block on the southern end will loom over the market and limit its potential as a real vibrant community space,
If they need Money for the project than ask the State Government to payback the $50 Million that Jeff Kennett acquired from the Council for the Federation Square project, the value of which no longer appears on the council assets register.