Creating a civic heart for Spit Junction
A team of consultants has been working on preparing a Masterplan for the Spit Junction area including a feasibility study for the redevelopment of the civic centre site.
Council’s site will be pivotal to revitalisation of the centre and it includes the Council building, carpark, library, shops (such as Accoutrement) and residential flats, village green and Mosman Square.
The consultants’ brief was to consider consolidating Council’s services on the site including the occasional child care centre currently at Allan Border Oval and the Art Gallery.
The feasibility work is considering what types of development (eg residential, retail etc) and at what scale, would be necessary to provide a viable redevelopment option for the site that would be cost neutral to Council and the community.
These are being considered for two scenarios:
- provision of existing facilities; and
- provision of additional facilities.
The financial feasibility is very much dependant upon the amount of public facilities (including administration) that would be provided.
Below you will find an overview of what’s been happening on the project to date and some key issues that the consultants are working on addressing.
The planning is still at a preliminary stage and this is an opportunity for you to let us know what you think before the draft plan is considered by Council later this year.
What is the Masterplan trying to achieve?
A key objective of the Spit Junction Master Plan is to revitalise the business and retail role of Spit Junction by improving the experience for shoppers, residents, workers and visitors alike.
The Masterplan would provide a coordinated planning framework to guide future development at Spit Junction.
It will address issues of housing; employment; the viability and vibrancy of the centre; improved accessibility; community facilities and improvements to the public domain. Central to the development of the Masterplan is community consultation.
In March we asked for feedback on what the community and businesses wanted to see in the centre. The phrase most used in answer to this was that Spit Junction should be pedestrian friendly. There was support for improving connectivity around the centre and utilising and improving the laneway network. There was also measured support for considering increased heights for buildings to encourage added vitality and new services and facilities.
Continue reading as many of these issues are further discussed. Your thoughts will assist in providing direction for the project while giving consultants a better understanding of community tension and the balance between desired outcomes and the need for change.
Public Domain Improvements
Revitalisation of the centre is not just about private development. Improvements to the public domain and making the centre a “People’s Junction” are important objectives of the Masterplan.
The consultants have foreshadowed options that could include:
- Redesigning Mosman Square to provide for an enlarged entry plaza to a public building at the northern end.
- Creating a pedestrian plaza by closing Clifford Street at Spit Road. This would also facilitate the relocation of the bus stop to a more pleasant waiting area for commuters.
- Improvements to laneways for pedestrians and vehicles by a combination of widening; upgrading surfaces and in some cases closure to traffic.
- Consolidation of community facilities on Council’s site to improve accessibility for seniors, the disabled and children.
Key potential sites:
A. Civic Centre at Mosman Square
B. Corner of Spit and Military Roads
C. Former Cinema Site
D. Hordern Arcade and Bridgepoint
E. Corner of Military and Cowles Roads
Current planning controls for the centre provide for maximum height and building bulk. The consultants are reviewing these controls to determine if changes should be made.
What do you think would be a reasonable height for buildings at Spit Junction?
Are there key sites within the Masterplan area where you believe urban design could provide better outcomes with a ‘landmark’ or ‘statement’ building?
If additional or improved community facilities can be provided should Council consider relaxing some restrictions and provide development incentives?
The shape of things to come?
An artist impression suggests a re-imagined Mosman Square with new civic spaces and a signature building at the corner of Military and Spit Roads. The concept rendering shows new sustainable features used in other buildings, which could become a consideration in any site redevelopment.
Let us know what you think!
The Mosman Planning website has a wealth of information on the People’s Junction project and similar planning-related council initiatives.
On visiting the site residents will see 3 key project areas:
We are interested in your feedback on the project so be sure to let us know what you think. There are a number of events in June where you can have your voice heard, so please come along.
Function @ the Junction – Tuesday 26 June
Seniors’ Centre, Mosman Square, 6.30pm – 9pm
An evening for the Mosman community to identify opportunities for improvement and revitalisation.
RSVP essential 22 June to Nazia, 9978 4094 or by email
Coffee Concepts Conversation – Friday 29 June
Seniors’ Centre, Mosman Square, 7.30am – 9am
For the business community to discuss their ideas and provide comments over a cup of coffee.
RSVP Essential 27 June to Nazia, 9978 4094 or by email
Mosman Markets Stand – Saturday 7 July
Mosman Square & Village Green, 9am – 2pm
Planners will be available to discuss the project, along with a display to map its progress. Look out for the pink t-shirts on the day! Open to everyone … just come along!
Mosman News – Special Edition
A special edition People’s Junction edition of Mosman News is currently being letterbox-dropped to all residents in Mosman.
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