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Render for illustrative purposes of Forestville, showing an overhead view of the site with open space, apartments and townhouses

An innovative mixed-use development at the former Le Cornu site on Anzac Highway in Forestville is a step closer to being released, with a new master plan now before the State Commission Assessment Panel.

Plans for the $250 million development include a total of 290 residential dwellings, 15% of which will be affordable housing, plus a market square with retail and services, outdoor dining, open public spaces, a green urban school and short-stay accommodation.

New design details and images have been released following extensive community consultation to ensure the development delivers maximum residential, business and community benefits.

The site is being developed by a consortium comprising developer Peet, Buildtec and the Chapley family which operates the award-winning Pasadena and Frewville Foodland stores.

The development proposal for the 3.6-hectare site features:

  • 219 apartments across four towers (six, seven and eight storey)
  • 71 two and three storey townhouses
  • 67 tourism accommodation or short-stay apartments
  • a publicly accessible reserve at the corner of Anzac Highway and Maple Avenue
  • a supermarket with mezzanine
  • an “urban farm” with glasshouse, outbuilding and covered awnings innovative shops, outdoor eateries and market stores by internationally awarded Commercial Retail Group (owners and operators of Frewville and Pasadena Foodland)
  • an open, piazza-style market square
  • a six-level office tower
  • the Youth Inc green urban school for up to 250 students
  • underground and onsite car parking
  • extensive landscaping and greenery including 145 new trees
  • creation of a shared, one-way ‘high street’ from Leader Street to Maple Avenue.

Specific considerations within the consortium’s updated design, which has been endorsed by Renewal SA, include:

  • ensuring buildings, including a proposed office tower adjacent to Leader Street, are set well back from the site boundary to reduce the impact of possible over-shadowing
  • incorporating 30% publicly accessible open space
  • upgrading of the Anzac Highway and Leader Street intersection
  • creation of a roundabout at the intersection of Leader Street and Second Avenue
  • retention of the existing boulevard of Claret Ash trees along Anzac Highway.

Renewal SA Chief Executive Chris Menz said the proposed development offers the local surrounding community an exciting future.

This project is an excellent demonstration of how Renewal SA forms partnerships with the private sector to deliver tailored, sustainable, innovative mixed-use developments that are of optimal appeal to both the existing community and new residents, and maximise existing infrastructure in infill locations.

Chris Menz, Chief Executive

Consortium spokesperson Spero Chapley said the group is “delighted to see the project progressing”.

“The recent notification of the consortium’s latest plans to neighbouring residents marks a major milestone for the project and follows extensive community consultation undertaken in partnership with Renewal SA,” Mr Chapley said.

It is expected that the State Commission Assessment Panel development review and approval process will be completed by late 2023, with construction anticipated to commence in 2024.

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