LIVERPOOL is a step closer to a new town centre, after four preliminary design tenders were approved by the council recently.
Three architectural firms: Urbis Pty Ltd, SJB Architecture and the Architectus Group were granted tenders to draft concept plans for Liverpool Council's Liverpool City Centre Revitalisation program.
The renewal project will target five districts: Macquarie Mall, the medical precinct and Bigge Park, the southern city centre Eat Street district, the gateways into the city and the linkages to the Georges River.
Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun (Liberal) said the vote was the first part of the process.
"Now we will sit down with the architects and work out a vision for the works and then that vision will go on exhibition before any final decisions are made," Cr Mannoun said.
"By using several different firms, we'll have a variety of approaches to work with.
"This is a really exciting opportunity to make the city more modern and exciting and with more design firms in the mix the overall look will be more dynamic."
The funding for the project is set to come from the city's Town Improvement Fund, usually used for street maintenance.
Labor councillor Anne Stanley said the problem with the plans was that the community still had no idea what the new Liverpool will look like.
"There has been a lot of discussion about this, but the community hasn't been asked," Cr Stanley said.
"This will require an awful lot of money to be spent on the city centre and at this stage we don't even know what it will give us.
"And Liverpool doesn't just consist of the town centre, many roads in our suburbs require basic maintenance and I'm sure many residents would prefer that the money go towards that."
The council also voted to utilise previous plans that had been drafted by the council for works on the various sections of the city.