MORE than 100 locals attended the first Glebe Hill Village community meeting about the development of a new $30 million retail centre set to be built at the intersection of the South Arm Highway and Pass Road in Howrah.
Tipalea Partners hosted the COVID-safe presentation covering a broad range of topics including jobs, timing, retailers and design, as well as answering questions.
“We are thrilled to see the overwhelming response from the local community so far,” Tipalea Partners chief executive officer Scott Spanton said.
“The overall sentiment of the meeting was extremely positive with a lot of support behind our centre.
“This is backed by high levels of engagement on a daily basis on the Glebe Hill Village Facebook page, which now has more than 3,300 followers.
“A point of discussion at the meeting was the 24/7 drive thru McDonald’s which could create some concern for residents nearby.
“However, we had a very open and frank discussion at the meeting outlining the measures we are taking to mitigate potential issues, such as light spill and noise impacts, as well as the steps being taken to counter potential anti-social behaviour with regular security patrolling and high-end security including full CCTV coverage, car counters and number plate recognition.”
The developer also spoke about how McDonald’s was a powerful employment generator with a commitment to youth training and could lead to strong job growth for Hobart’s youth.
Glebe Hill locals attending the meeting also asked questions about traffic flow, parking, smart building features and possible retailers.
Tipalea secured Coles as the anchor tenant and the centre will feature 17 speciality shops in an air-conditioned mall with 260 car spaces in an expansive, completely level on-grade car park.
Tipalea also outlined its plans to incorporate public artwork and support the local creative industry into the project.
“We like to build cultural legacy into every project by incorporating public art,” Mr Spanton said.
“We do this whether or not it is a requirement of council – in our view every project creates an opportunity to enrich the cultural life of the communities in which we work.”
Hobart’s new Glebe Hill Village will create about 200 jobs during construction and more than 350 ongoing jobs once the centre and McDonald’s opens.
It will represent the first new neighbourhood shopping centre in metropolitan Hobart in more than a decade and will deliver a new standard of convenience retail to local residents.
It is also set to become Hobart’s most connected retail centre with a suite of innovative Smart-Tech features including its own mobile app, free wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi, real time air quality monitoring, smart bathrooms that monitor water usage, parcel lockers, recycling stations and EV chargers.
Construction of the new retail centre is expected to commence in mid-2021 and open in mid to late 2022.
To follow the progress of Glebe Hill Village, visit the Facebook page or www.glebehillvillage.com.au.