Ballarat mayor Daniel Moloney has pinpointed Bakery Hill as a possible site for new residential projects.
It follows ABS figures which reveal residents in Ballarat’s CBD have been declining since 2008.
Mayor Moloney says infill developments have been a hot topic at council.
"Having more people living above shopfronts and around the mall area are basically a ready market for traders," he said.
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