Family owned property development business GLG has submitted development application plans to the South Australian Government in hopes of creating a $35 million Mount Gambier retail precinct.
Located at 58-72 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, the 24,400 square metre site is bordered by Ferrers, Sturt and Compton Streets and will see the transformation of the Target site (acquired by GLG in 1980) and the adjoining Fidler and Webb site (acquired by GLG in 2013) into an integrated retail precinct.
Should the application go ahead, Aldi has been secured to occupy a 1,740 square metre space and Target will occupy a new 5,710 square metre tenancy, supported by a new light-filled mall, 31 specialty retail tenancies and circa 300 on-site car parks.
GLG Director Campbell Blennerhassett said the priority will be to deliver a highly strategic and transformative development that revitalises Mount Gambier’s central township, while also activating Commercial Street East and being sensitive to the adjoining South Australian Hotel.
“The proposed plan occupies the entire city block with the exception of one small land parcel occupied by the South Australian Hotel," he said.
"Together with our consultants, we believe the project will create a key shopping destination for the limestone coast region, while providing employment and economic benefits significant to Mount Gambier, regional South Australia and the state as a whole.”
The direct employment impact of the proposed development is estimated at approximately 160 development industry jobs. Once complete and fully tenanted, it is estimated that the Fidler & Webb retail precinct will generate around 280 jobs for the region.
“The overall Fidler & Webb scheme presents a contemporary, low profile design and overall form that is sympathetic to the scale and proportions of the existing streetscape," ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects Project Leader Tim Hargreaves said.
“The proposal comprises a single storey, connected development with more traditional tenancies presenting to Commercial Street East that also draw references from the original Victorian Fidler & Webb Ltd façade.
"A number of shops will also present to Ferrers Street with a central atrium and market square encouraging strong pedestrian links through the site.
"The interior will be light filled, high ceiling spaces with integrated landscaping and features encouraging people to enjoy what will essentially function as public space.
Mr Hargreaves said the built form took cues from adjacent buildings while looking to complement the unique local character of Mount Gambier, particularly along Commercial Street East.
"In using both local and contemporary materials, in conjunction with an integrated landscaping scheme, the Fidler & Webb development will significantly enhance the site while ensuring greater connection to its surrounding context," he said.
Other key features of the proposed Fidler & Webb plan include: