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Street upgrade ahead of Lonsdale St Greek Festival

The heart of Melbourne’s Greek Precinct is about to get a revamp with a series of works underway on Lonsdale Street.

New café screen planter boxes and an improved footpath are key to the project which aims to enhance the visual appearance of the area ahead of this year’s Lonsdale St Greek Festival.

Space functionality is also set to improve with an open space for traders to install dining facilities.

Infrastructure works include the removal of some café shelters, repairing blue stone pavers and reinstating Hellenic Greek edge stone pavers.

Stainless steel will be used for the new planter boxes with a new irrigation system installed, while existing trees will benefit from a permeable paving system around their bases for breathability and improved water flow.

The work area spans from Russell Street to Tattersalls Lane and completion is expected in late July with access to businesses and residential properties maintained at all times.

Normal construction hours will be 6am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Night works may be required on Sunday to Thursday nights from 7.30pm and 6am.

The Lonsdale St Greek Festival has been postponed to 22 and 23 October this year from its initial March dates to ensure a COVID safe event.