The Society has long been concerned about the main entrance to the Centre in Bay St. While not a Heritage Item, this is the original store, and the two wings of the facade, on either side of the central gabled glass wall, were preserved when the mall was constructed. Some of the interior elements, such as the column capitals and cast iron lantern, have also been partly preserved.
The current solid posted awning makes the approach dark for pedestrians. Mirvac, the owner, has proposed changes to the Bay St facade, which include replacing the posted awning with a clear, cantilevered one. This will make the facade more compatible with the Heritage-listed Model and Moxham building on the corner of Broadway, and the approach lighter and safer. The granite paving will be extended to replace the bitumen. Unfortunately, their plans do not go as far as remodelling the entrance itself.
The Centre is remarkable for the number of people who arrive on foot or bicycle. The changes will improve their experience a little, but in my view not nearly enough. A completely new entrance, and a greater emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist safety, are needed, and the Society has asked for these as well as further improvements to the appearance.