In 2020, Crows Nest will get an additional 800m2 of much-needed open space with the creation of a new plaza between Hume Street and Hume Lane.
Properties at 43 and 45-49 Hume Street will be demolished to make way for the plaza, which will incorporate a central grassed area with perimeter planting.
Properties at 90 and 92 Willoughby Road will also be demolished to create a 400m2 pedestrian link between the plaza and popular shops and eateries on Willoughby Road.
When the new Metro opens in 2024, around 10,000 people are expected to use the pedestrian link during morning peak hour to walk between the station and the village.
Council identified the need for additional space in Crows Nest in 2009. A plan to expand the Hume St Park was adopted in 2015, and since then Council has purchased properties and prepared the design plans.
The NSW Government has now provided $3.5m from its Precinct Support Scheme to enable the construction of the plaza to go ahead.
At our DA Tracking website https://apptracking.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/ search on DA 234/18 for further documents.
At its meeting on 18 May 2015, North Sydney Council resolved to exhibit the draft Hume Street Park Concept Design Options.
Three draft concept design options were prepared in response to the St Leonards / Crows Nest Planning Study – Precinct 1 (2012) which identified need to provide more open space in the St Leonards area and proposed that Hume Street Park be expanded.
Consistent with that planning study, the three concept design options all involve the partial closure of Hume Street and the creation of a new urban plaza and link to Willoughby Road.
Concept Design Options 1 and 2 propose different locations for a relocated Kelly’s Place Children’s Centre but each include over 3000m² of additional open space (over 6,000m² in total). Concept Design Option 3 represents a whole of block redevelopment outcome that includes over 5,000m² of new open space (over 8,000m² in total).
The exhibition material comprises the following:
Council Report – 18 May 2015 (3MB)
Volume 1 – Executive Summary (16MB)
Volume 2 – Concept Options Analysis (27MB)
Volume 3 – Existing Site Investigation (9MB)
Volume 4 – Document Review (17MB)
St Leonards / Crows Nest Planning Study – Precinct 1 (2012) (7MB)
Display posters (21MB)
The exhibition period closed on 10 July 2015.
All submissions were considered by Council at it's meeting on 21 September 2015.
Council resolved that concept design option 3 be adopted as the preferred vision for the expansion of Hume Street Park and endorsed the way forward for the redevelopment of park. Council staff are now working to implement Council's resolutions. The Council report and Council's resolutions can be found here:
CiS01 Hume Street Park Expansion post-exhibition report (56MB)
If you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact David Banbury of Council’s Landscape Planning and Design on 9936 8100.