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From ABC- Canberra:

Relief from CBD office space shortage - Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

The Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says the release of a new block of land in Civic will help meet the growing demand for office space and car parking.

By September, the Government wants to sell the land near the law courts, which currently provides parking for around 700 cars.

Mr Stanhope says the development will include a 14-storey office tower, a public car park for 1,000 cars and parking for tenants.

"It will be at one level inconvenient, but it's a major issue for us as we continue to develop Canberra on existing carparks, we really have no other option," he said.

"That's why this particular site, and the Government's insistence on a 1,000 space public carpark as part of this development, is so important."
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If they are running out of land, why don't they build higher! Geez!

This will be even taller than 18 Marcus Clark! sweet. 60 metres perhaps?
 

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This is an article from today, my scanner isn't large enough so the article got cut off, oh wells here:
(I like it how they say "HUGE" haha it's only 60 metres! They obviously havn't travelled in a while)
 

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Oh gawd, I hope it doesn't look like that when its finished. Soviet apartment block more like.......and not even tall enough for that!

Come on Canberra, surely you can do better than this?
 

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BenMac, you have got the wrong carpark in that photo: it is the car park next to the police station and across the road from the Metropolitan and Rydges.

steve_nova: what do you mean you hope it doesn't look like that when finished? Like what? Are you talking about the building in the photo: ie. the existing Metropolitan apartment complex?

And as for the Greens harping on about affordable housing - sheesh!
 

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@chris - i don't bother with scanners, i just take a digital photo of articles spy style then crop the article to size using paint. it's quite simple.
 

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Oh gawd, I hope it doesn't look like that when its finished. Soviet apartment block more like.......and not even tall enough for that!

Come on Canberra, surely you can do better than this?
What are you talking about, we havn't seen a picture yet!?

That picture with the woman is the carpark they are building in, dingus!
 

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From City news:



CHRONIC parking problems and office-development shortages will be alleviated by the Government’s decision to release a significant block of city land – currently a car park – for commercial development.

However, the Property Council says this is welcome, but far from being a complete solution to parking problems in the city.

The land (Section 63), bordered by the city police station, the law courts and London Circuit, will be used for a major commercial and mixed-use development of around 71,000 sq m, according to Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.

"This release and ultimately the development of this site will also bring added vibrancy and economic activity to the City Hill area, and will increase the amount of publicly available car parking," he said.

"The Government is… acutely aware of the need to respond to demand for car parking, particularly as old, surface car parks are redeveloped.

"The Section 63 site currently includes parking for around 700 cars. As part of any proposal to develop this site, the ACT Government expects that about 1000 public parking spaces will be provided and that the parking required by workers in the completed development during the day could also provide additional public parking outside business hours."

Supporting the release of Section 63, ACT Property Council executive director Catherine Carter said: "While these announcements are welcome, the council notes that this is not a complete solution to car parking problems in Civic, and there will still be a significant on-going shortage of parking, particularly in the city west area.

Mr Stanhope said: "The Government’s car-parking strategy includes transitional arrangements to ensure that temporary parking can be provided through the construction phase of this development.

"To this end the Government has committed funds in the Budget to develop the Futsal slab area to provide around 600 temporary car parks by March or April, 2008."

The development of the Section 63 site would be important in helping meet the added demand for office space generated by the ACT’s strong economy.

"Due to continuing strong economic growth, the ACT currently has the lowest office vacancy rates in 15 years and demand for space is expected to continue as employment grows," Mr Stanhope said.

He said amendments to the National Capital Plan for the City Hill precinct will help to make the development of this site a significant and visually impressive addition to the cityscape.

"The amendment allows for a building of 14 storeys on the corner of London Circuit and Edinburgh Avenue and building heights up to 25 metres, or six storeys, on the rest of the site," he said. "As a result this site has great potential to provide the mix of uses, commercial floor space and parking envisaged for the city."

The Government planned to release the Section 63 site by September through an expression of interest or tender process to optimise revenue from the land sale and ensure the full range of development imperatives were addressed. However, the Property Council said it would be calling on the Government to adopt an open auction process for Section 63, and for all other large parcels of land in the Territory.

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So if 18 marcus clark was 29,400 m2 and this is 71,000 m2, this will be quite larger (2.4 times to be exact)!
 

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steve_nova: what do you mean you hope it doesn't look like that when finished? Like what? Are you talking about the building in the photo: ie. the existing Metropolitan apartment complex?
My mistake. Didnt read article properly and thought the picture was the new office:hammer:
 

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That picture with the woman is the carpark they are building in, dingus!
From Urban dictionary.....

1. dingus
another word for a spaz.
NOTE: a dingus is NOT a stupid person, because a dingus is someone who can make you laugh by doing stupid THINGS, but they are not stupid people. a stupid person is an idiot. idiot and dingus are different.

....er, well, not too bad I suppose.
 

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from today's Canberra Times.

City Hill makeover plans unveiled
BY JOHN THISTLETON, BUSINESS EDITOR
2/09/2008 11:13:00 AM
A plan to shift the municipal heart of Canberra to City Hill will dramatically slow traffic between Northbourne and Commonwealth avenues.
A development plan for Section 63, the huge car park Leighton Properties and Mirvac bought for a record $92 million last year, proposes re-routing through traffic from Vernon Circle to London Circuit.

The road hierarchy changes, contained in planning amendments already adopted under the Griffin Legacy planning strategy, will be implemented in stages over the next five to seven years, as the development is completed.

An amalgamation of ideas from the National Capital Authority and ACT Government to strengthen the central business district, Section 63 will see four new high-rise buildings.

These include mirrored nine-storey buildings, Vernon South and Vernon North, with curving facades reinforcing the curve of Vernon Circle. They will be designed to help transform Vernon Circle from a main thoroughfare to a destination.

On the ground level they will have a supermarket, street level retailing and speciality stores alongside public spaces to encourage people into the area. A dispute between the developers and the ACT Planning and Land Authority, about the amount of retailing allowed on the site, is unresolved.

The four buildings are designed to link Civic with City West and City Hill with better pedestrian routes.

The plan shows 3000 underground car parks and a mixed commercial precinct drawing on design examples from Manuka, Kingston, Melbourne's Federation Square and commercial offices like London's Sheldon Square.

The retail offering would be like fruit and fish markets in Brisbane's James Street.

Civic's Melbourne and Sydney buildings colonnades design would be carried through to Section 63.

The centrepiece is Centennial Place, an open space which dissects the precinct with green lawns linking City Hill with London Circuit. NCA planning and urban design managing director Todd Rohl said developers and their architect would attend an information session at the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point on September 10.

Stage one would see the development of the first Landmark building, which would have a 13-storey and a nine-storey building on the corner of London Circuit and Edinburgh Avenue. Edinburgh Avenue will be extended towards Vernon Circle.

Building two, the ''signature building'', on the site's north-west corner, would be either a commercial building or hotel and include a food terrace..

 

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i like the idea of a tunnel under City hill. If they go with that plan than this will be an awesome idea for the city and should open up some more space for buildings. I don't think they should be building under 10 storey office buildings though. 15-30 storeys would be good for Canberra in my opinion.
 

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If they're seriously going to divert through traffic around London instead of Vernon, they better provide some damn good alternatives to private transport, in order to reduce traffic!
 
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