Plans for Martin Place to become a new, buzzing hub similar to a French bistro have been released.
The City of Sydney wants restaurant patrons to be able to dine outdoors in Martin Place, and to enhance the look of public areas in the northern part of the city. If approved, this will be the first example of outdoor dining at Martin Place.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore says she has been working extensively with Martin Place property owners to make sure the plans are flawless, and that the plaza will be full of new life and character, without disturbing the World War One memorial, The Cenotaph.
“Martin Place is Sydney’s most popular public plaza with some of the city’s finest buildings,” Moore said.
"The city's undergoing a period of rapid change. As well as the light rail, the NSW Government is planning to renew Circular Quay and there are many major private developments in the northern part of the city that are underway or in the wings.”
“We want people to spend more time in Martin Place and, if it’s approved, this scheme will bring more trees and landscaping, more seating, and for the first time, outdoor dining to this great city plaza.”
According to the City of Sydney's website, 12 businesses have already welcomed the plans.
RSL state president Rob White says he will continue his cooperation and support for the project, but only if The Sydney Cenotaph is untouched.
If the plans are approved, Martin Place will become more vibrant than ever. The plans will soon be available for public viewing and comments for a period of four weeks.