Chinatown’s main thoroughfare, labelled “almost embarrassing” by prominent Adelaide businesswoman Irena Zhang last year, is in line for a significant revamp as part of a wider ‘Chinatown Reinvigoration’ plan.
The planned revamp is crucial for “the Chinese community in Adelaide, the growth in Chinese tourism and more tourism between China and Australia,” Lord Mayor Martin Haese said. “Let’s set it up for the next 20 or 30 years.”
The proposal includes $30,000 funding for the plan preparation and engagement, $50,000 for district activation (including event activity) plus $20,000 to support improvements to shopfronts. Funds will be offered on a 50/50 basis with building owners as an incentive for early engagement so that upgrades to private buildings can be considered as public realm improvements, generating a ‘quick win’ scenario.
If accepted by council, preparation of the reinvigoration plan is expected to be completed during 2017/18 with the overhaul completed by late 2019.
A $2 million revamp of Ms Zhang’s food hall off Moonta St in Chinatown began last August and has contributed to a downturn in visitor numbers while the works are carried out. A range of stakeholders are expected to help with the reinvigoration.
Richard Evans, 28th March 2017,
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