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New life breathed into Hamilton as James Street Plaza upgrade nears end

Hamilton is set to get a little fancier with work on the James Street Plaza upgrade nearing completion.

The facelift, which kicked off three months ago, includes an overhaul of paving, new street furniture and landscaping, new artworks and ground etchings that acknowledge Hamilton’s long and storied history, and an innovative and interactive lighting display developed in collaboration with the University of Newcastle.

The last pavers are being laid and the final placement of street furniture, artwork and landscaping is planned for the coming weeks.

Janice Musumeci, Chari of the Hamilton Business Association welcomed the revamp, saying the Hamilton business community was looking forward to the plaza becoming a hub for community activity.

“We’re already exploring ideas for how we can activate James Street Plaza for the whole community like live music spots and regular markets. It will be an inclusive and versatile space,” she said.

“Hamilton is already seeing great business growth so this will be a great drawcard to bring people back to supporting local businesses.”

Picture: Instagram/Cr. Carol Duncan (@carolduncan2300)

Back in June, the community was asked to vote on their favourite of three lighting designs put forward by the University of Newcastle’s Future Art Science & Technology Lab (FASTLab), with each entry celebrating a different aspect of Hamilton’s history and character.

The ‘Microcosmic Mosaic’ concept proved to be the favourite and was developed into a full-length animation that will soon illuminate the revamped space.

Final works will wrap up in the coming weeks before the community is welcomed into the upgraded space next month.

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