Corrimal CBD revitalisation revs up

A pedestrian link has been proposed for Memorial Park. Picture: ROBERT PEET An artist’s impression of the six-storey Corrimal development.

A six-storey retail and residential development would be encouraged in Corrimal’s town centre under a revitalisation strategy due to go on public exhibition.The strategy has taken Wollongong City Council two years to prepare and will go before administrators tonight for a decision on whether it should go on exhibition for public feedback.The key recommendation is for more intensive development in the existing town centre, between Short and Collins streets.Should six-storey buildings be allowed in Corrimal’s town centre? Post a comment belowCorrimal Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Peter Leiner had not yet seen the draft strategy, but was glad to hear of progress after two years.”We as a chamber would like to see things happening up and down the main street,” he said.”We would like to see those areas around Underwood St and the Coles centre developed.”Building height limits in the Corrimal town centre were reduced from 20m to 15m in the draft Wollongong Local Environmental Plan (LEP) adopted in May.But the revitalisation strategy still recommends buildings of up to 20m, or six storeys, be allowed.Ground and first floors would be designed for retail and commercial use, with residential levels above.If the revitalisation strategy is adopted, the LEP would need to be amended to reflect the increased height limits.The strategy does not support the alternative option to extend the town centre north and south along the Princes Hwy.That option would have maintained building heights of three to four storeys, but there were concerns the town centre would move away from the Princes Hwy and Railway St intersection and would not be pedestrian friendly.Under the preferred strategy, Corrimal Memorial Park will be dissected by a new road linking Wilga St to Railway St. An extension to Short St could also encroach into Ziems Park to link to Hall and Gilbert streets.Stockland’s hopes of extending its existing shopping centre to the south would be ruled out. Instead, the retail giant would be encouraged to extend to the east.Developing the vacant Underwood St car park is supported with buildings to front Underwood, Russell and Railway streets and the Princes Hwy. Car parking would be concealed within the block, while the strategy proposes a pedestrian link to Corrimal Memorial Park.Valad Group has submitted a development application for the site, which is yet to be decided.Mr Leiner was interested to see what the public had to say on the revitalisation.”We are all for anything that will boost Corrimal and make it the hub of the northern suburbs.”

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