High streets are characterised by significant diversity and complexity, in terms of scale, geography, function and form. No two high streets are the same. As a result, the way in which they are affected by and respond to change is diverse and varied.
Mosman’s main street, particularly around Spit Junction, needs a lift. Further down Military Road, the street is vibrant with an appealing heritage streetscape and a wonderful mix of boutiques, cafes and speciality shops.
There is an opportunity to link both ends of Military Road between Spit Junction and Mosman Junction as an integrated main street. To do this, land around Spit Junction needs to be activated so that it becomes a gateway into leafy Mosman.
We need to look to other high streets for inspiration. Only a few kilometres away we can get ideas from Neutral Bay, or we can go interstate to Armidale in Melbourne. These high streets have all adapted to change and are thriving.
High streets are hubs of retail activity. They also contain a wide range of other uses, such as services, offices, residential and public buildings. Council’s Civic Centre is currently located at Spit Junction, but the administration offices and other active community facilities like the library and seniors centre are set back from Military Road. One master plan idea is to build a new Council office building with the one-stop-shop facing onto Military Road. This would create a more inviting streetscape and activate the Spit Junction end the street. Another idea is to build a distinctive new art gallery and library and create a new public plaza.