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Suburban retail hub proposed for Casey

A thriving new retail precinct is slated for Canberra's north, including a multimillion-dollar retail hub.

The $16.5 million Casey Marketplace is among plans for the growing suburb of Casey in Gungahlin and would service the surrounding suburbs of Ngunnawal, Nicholls and Hall.

According to a development application lodged with ACT Planning and Land Authority, the single-level Marketplace – off Clarrie Hermes Drive – would accommodate two supermarkets, a specialty retail area, internal arcades and amenities.

Although the 11,195-metre-square proposed centre would be located about two kilometres south of the suburb's local centre, the Marketplace would provide the major retail facilities for the area, according to the DA.

The application also proposed the construction of a 332-space car park to the south of the planned centre, opposite Kingland Parade.

Development is already under way at the car park site, which will include a service station, club site, community facility and residential development.

The site of the proposed car park is subject to a variation of a deed of agreement requiring the construction of a third supermarket in the future subject to demand.

A mixed-used development is also under construction to the north-east of the Marketplace.

Both the development and separate car park will be landscaped to enhance the amenity and environmental performance of the site, including formal pathways, soft landscaping and plantings, tree planting and street furniture.

A number of plans are also in the works for Casey's group centre, including a club, community recreational facilities and further commercial development, according to the DA.

The latter would include a landscape spine linking local parks with the commercial centre.

“Once complete the precinct will be a vibrant and diverse Group Centre, with the proposed development generating substantial economic and social activity for the local area,” the application stated.

8 comments

  • It's good when rate payers get some investment and funding for their local area like these shops being built. It will stop traffic on the major roads if new areas get their own shopping areas.
    I hope the thousands of new homes to be built near MacGregor and Kippax get a similar shopping centre otherwise Kippax and Belconnen will be too busy and the roads too crowded.

    Commenter
    resident
    Date and time
    March 18, 2014, 3:47PM
    • This is how backwards PLA is. Instead of putting in sufficient infrastructure to accomodate the shopping centre just 2km away they decide the best way to eleviate road congestion is to build another shopping centre??? Clearly they are just bowing to the supermarket chains and whatever pokie filled club wants to build there. How about you just fix the roads first. Put in some decent access to all the suburbs crammed full of houses you keep building and building out the back of gungahlin Put some of the billions in rates and stamp duty you collect from these postage stamp sized blocks back into some decent infrastructure in the area. Gundaroo Drive is a 24/7 parking lot and theres a weekly accident between the Gungahlin Drive lights and the service stations. This road needs to be fixed immediately. Stop selling off land like its a fire sale and start giving some much needed services back to the community.

      Commenter
      J72
      Date and time
      March 19, 2014, 7:59AM
      • Ditto

        Commenter
        she says
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        March 19, 2014, 8:52AM
      • I can imagine the back of Kippax getting equally congested and under resourced.

        Commenter
        hoot
        Date and time
        March 19, 2014, 10:31AM
    • More retail, ugh! Canberra has too many retail shops now, just ask some of the owners!! STOP!!

      Commenter
      she says
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      March 19, 2014, 8:51AM
      • Funny how I just looked on the ACT Planning Authority website and cant find this application. I live in Casey and dont think we need retail development to this extent. Funny how three years ago it was sold as the outer edge of suburbia with lovely greenway! Perhaps a corner shop / coffee shop and the Bowls club would have been nice, but this is going overboard. Gunghalin Marketplace is 5 min drive away, 20 min bike ride and 40 min walk. As someone else said, w ealready have too much retail in Canberra. Thanks, Phil

        Commenter
        Phil Essam
        Location
        Casey
        Date and time
        March 19, 2014, 11:59AM
        • Hi Emma,
          What has prompted you to write this article? The Casey Concept Plan has been available for a decade which includes the proposed Group Center. All DA are posted to the ACTPLA site, but there are no current or recently closed DAs published for Casey... there is also no such DA published for the proposed shopping center and associated buildings, ever? Have you received a copy of the DA prior to being published?

          Also, the Casey Concept plan estimates the need to 1000 car parking spaces, but your article specifically states 332 are planned for. Where did you get such a specific number from? and why such a huge variation to what was estimated?

          Commenter
          PartTwo
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          March 19, 2014, 7:19PM
          • 1000 space car park! I certainly hope not. 332 is bad enough. Yes was all outlined in the Casey Concept Plan but that was a concept and which Government ever sticks to its original concept. In the last year we have heard that there is going to be a bowls club and a small shopping centre. No one certainly believed that it was going to be this big and horrible. Sounds like its been done and dusted and the residents of Casey will just have to wear it!

            Commenter
            Phil Essam
            Location
            Casey
            Date and time
            March 20, 2014, 12:12PM
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