Funds to spruce up shopping strip

THE Excelsior Drive shopping strip in Frankston 

FUNDING has been allocated towards improvement works at Excelsior Drive in Frankston North.

The state government and Frankston Council have contributed a combined $300,000 toward the project. Trees, garden beds, and footpaths are set to be added to the shopping strip.

Owner of Golden Bakery Ian Warren said the works would “improve the appeal of the area.”

“There are a lot of businesses here. My wife Le has owned the bakery for 17 years, and anything that helps people stay in their local area to shop, is a good thing,” he said.

“Attractive shrubs and evening out the footpath will definitely make the area more appealing which is great, because with what we’ve just been through with COVID, we’ve seen that shopping locally has a lot of benefits.”

On social media, Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke said the funding would be “great news for traders who have experienced a Covid-19 downturn in trade.”

“Work on the project is expected to commence in March 2021 and will take around three months,” he said.

First published in the Frankston Times – 10 November 2020

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