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Detailed plans for the first stage of the bold transformation of the former Le Cornu site at Forestville have been put out for public consultation, as the $250 million project is further refined.

The fresh plans reveal new design details about the mixed-use community that will redefine the inner-south skyline whilst enhancing the suburb’s liveability and sustainability credentials.

The project, led by a consortium made up of the Chapley family’s Commercial Retail Group, Peet Ltd and local developer Buildtec, aims to convert the prime 3.6-hectare site on the corner of Anzac Highway and Leader Street into a vibrant precinct reflecting the evolving needs of the community.

The consortium was selected as the successful proponent by Renewal SA following an open market Expression of Interest process in 2021.

Plans for the first stage include two eight-storey residential towers towards the eastern end of the site which will house 130 apartments, 44 of which will be dedicated to affordable housing. This commitment aligns with the broader goal of fostering inclusivity and diversity within the community.

The breakdown of the first apartments include:

  • 44 one-bedroom affordable apartments
  • 67 two-bedroom apartments
  • 19 three-bedroom apartments

The stage one buildings will transition down to lower scale townhouses as the developed touches the surround suburb.

The broader masterplan is anchored by a dynamic piazza-style market square, additional apartment and townhouse living, office space, and an urban school catering to students aged 17-24. With 30 per cent publicly accessible open space committed across the project, the site supports active transport measures including easy access to public transport routes and bikeways, making it poised to be able to cater to the diverse needs of its residents.

As part of the public consultation process, stakeholders have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plans, ensuring community input shapes the final outcome.

Construction is set to commence before the end of the year.

Public consultation on stage one ends on February 22.

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