From mall to lifestyle precinct
High Street was the original route between Newcastle and the New England Highway. In the early 1970’s, Council first raised the development of a Mall in High Street.
In 1974 concept plans were prepared for the closure of High Street between Church and Burke Streets which received general community support, however Council was unable to proceed with the Mall until traffic was diverted away from Central Maitland. In 1983, construction began on a Central Maitland by pass and in 1984, the Mall was again promoted by Council and the business community as an ideal Bicentennial Project as a heritage mall rather than a traditional ‘busy type’ shopping mall.
The Heritage Mall was developed in six sections and ran the length of High Street from Charles Street to Belmore Road opening in November 1988.
In 2014 work began on stage one of the redevelopment of the Mall to The Levee, transforming the precinct into Maitland’s lifestyle precinct. Stage one included a complete refurbish of the Shared Zone from Bourke to Elgin Streets. Stage two of the project was to establish a connection to the Hunter River. In 2018 The Riverlink and refurbishment to the Riverside Walk was completed.
The precinct is now a thriving shopping and dining destination and the perfect place to meet.