Progress issue four, March 2014
A series of tailored tours with members of peak industry bodies spanning designers, planners, developers, builders and commercial, industrial and retail property owners are planned and invitations will be extended over the next month.
Local councils will also be closely involved in the program.
Renewal SA Chief Executive Fred Hansen will host the tours which will also include specialist briefings from senior members of the Renewal SA team.
The tours will explore what’s possible, what’s desirable, what works and what will be required from government and industry to deliver places that are vibrant, enjoyable, safe, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial for all South Australians.
Strong levels of understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors will be needed to ensure robust methodologies for delivering the outcomes we all want, says Fred Hansen.
Further information about the tours will be circulated through peak industry bodies.
Renewal SA is working with a partnership between Investec Private Bank and Community Housing Limited to deliver a unique Rent-Then-Buy scheme which will see at least 32 apartments for ‘key workers’ and an additional 48 homes for sale on the open market. The new scheme brings the total number of active projects at Bowden to 13.
Construction at Bowden is well underway with the first residents expected to move in June this year.
There are currently three separate residential projects on the retail market for off-the-plan sales at Bowden with all seeing positive sales results:
- ‘Loft on Seventh’ developed by local builder Systembuilt, their second project at Bowden to date
- ‘Nexus’ apartments, a partnership between Unity Housing and Buildtec where 16 apartments have been retained for sale and a further 26 are being kept by Unity Housing for Key Workers
- ‘Luminaire’ apartments, a two staged project which is the first to deliver communal open space as part of their development.
Next month, Renewal SA will announce the successful engineers and landscape architects for stage two of delivery at Bowden including the future Town Square.
Separately, Renewal SA will be seeking a head lessor and/or developer for stage 1 of the future retail Town Centre from May 2014. Stage 1 of retail at Bowden will be housed in a former factory building and include shops, fresh produce markets, cafes, restaurants and community space. The scheduled launch for retail is 2016.
The former Plant 13 café space has been leased to local food celebrity chef Chris Jarmer who will launch his latest food offering (‘Jarmer’s Kitchen’) in early May 2014.
Neighbourhood infrastructure negotiations conducted in Angle Vale, Playford North Extension and Virginia have resulted in 1436 hectares of land, owned by 180 different parties, being rezoned to add more than four years of zoned land to the Adelaide’s metropolitan residential land supply.
In addition, there is potentially another 128 hectares owned by 28 parties within Virginia which may be rezoned within the coming months if all parties execute the infrastructure agreements.
The rezoned land has the potential to stimulate economic activity and wealth in the northern region through the future increase in population and the provision of affordable housing.
Rezoning was made possible by Renewal SA facilitating neighbourhood infrastructure negotiations within these growth areas.
The process Renewal SA led on behalf of the state government was a first for all parties with no precedent involving the conclusion of agreements between two levels of government and multiple land owners.
As a result of this pilot exercise we now have robust templates and a strong understanding of improved processes for use in future negotiations.
For further information please contact us.
Sandy Rix, Director Riverbank Precinct & Project Coordination, has been named Planner of the Year 2014 at the Planning Institute Australia Annual Awards for Planning Excellence.
The national award follows Sandy’s recognition as South Australian Planner of the Year in 2013.
The award is testament to Sandy’s background and skill in planning and economic development, his experience in both the public and private sectors and the different positions he has held over many years, particularly in South Australia.
Sandy has been integral in the planning of many Renewal SA projects including Bowden and the Greater Riverbank Precinct.
Commercial investment is kicking in strongly, with private sector developers riding the momentum of strong residential growth by contracting or starting work on every one of the commercial sites along Curtis Road.
The Playford Alive hive of activity includes:
- construction of the 90-place Stepping Stone Childcare Centre which will open its doors mid-year
- work starting on construction of an On-The-Run service station and convenience store to open in September
- leasing well advanced for a two-level commercial/retail building to be located on the corner of Curtis Road and Market Street. Tenants are likely to include a café, food retailing and a number of other smaller retailers
- Hungry Jack’s soon to open a restaurant along Curtis Road, following the opening of a McDonald’s store last year
- the Uniting Church to start construction in late 2014 with completion planned in mid-2015
- confirmation of a new Curtis Road Vet Clinic to be finished late this year.