Inspired by what we learnt through the Development Plan Amendment for the Unley Central Precinct, Council has developed a vision for the Civic Centre site. We have determined to lead the way in revitalising the precinct with a potential redevelopment of the Civic Centre.
Council’s Vision for the Unley Central Precinct has been for a long time now to revitalise the heart of Unley. We expect this by generating new activity in the precinct and providing more opportunity for residential living. Redevelopment of this site is an ideal catalyst to achieve this.
We have taken notice of feedback received during the DPA process. Rather than just facilitate it we realise we can play a crucial and lead role in shaping the Unley Central Precinct and in rejuvenating Unley Road. This should spark interest by others in seeing the potential of developing other sites in the Unley Central Precinct.
Our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne, has said in his public announcement of the project “I back a redevelopment of this site 100 per cent and I am excited about hearing our community’s ideas as they engage in the process.
I fully back our Mayor. This is an exciting project which has so much potential for our community.
We have no set view on what any redevelopment might include other than:
- it will fit within the guidelines (particularly height) of the Development Plan and not stretch beyond,
- it will be a mixed-use facility in the true sense of the development plan, providing new civic and (importantly) community facilities,
- it will include extensive residential use in the upper floors,
- the heritage buildings now housing the Library & the Museum will be retained,
- the Village Green will also be retained, possibly enhanced.
Council will investigate over the next 12 months how the redevelopment of the Civic Complex on Unley Road might look. With the help of our community we also determine what services it might provide the community of Unley.
By selling the air rights above the Civic Centre we can fund the project without impacting on rates. This means we can provide improved or enhanced current facilities and/or provide new facilities our community is asking for, whatever they may be at no cost to the community. We would remain as manager of what would be a community title for development.
Watch this space as Council’s Vision for the Unley Central Precinct evolve with your help.