Market Street Development
This project combines renovating and retrofitting three heritage buildings and creating new retail spaces within them, along with the design of a new contemporary retail building at the south end to complete the block. It is hoped that in the future, the City will consider closing the street to continue the pedestrian precinct of Market Lane Park, located just one block north.
All of the existing buildings predate the market shed of the South Market. 10–12 Market Street was, for many years, the location of the Old Fish Market restaurant. The vernacular building was originally constructed in 1880 as a hotel and has been greatly altered over the years. Large new storefronts are being inserted at the ground floor that can be opened up in warm weather. 8 Market Street (1899) and 87 Front Street (1858/1871) are being retained.
At the southernmost lot, currently occupied by a garage, Taylor Smyth is designing a new 2-storey retail building, aligned in height with 10-12 Market Street, to complete the block. The whole ground floor is designed with folding glass doors that will allow a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors and encourage pedestrian use both day and night.