Panel sees big picture

An artist's impression of the proposed development.
An artist's impression of the proposed development.

German supermarket giant Aldi will anchor the project at Liege Street, which will also encompass a six-storey office building providing 7550sq m of lettable area.

A bowling alley, IGA and restaurant strip will feature in the $35 million development, which was taken to the JDAP after the City of Stirling raised concerns about the original traffic management strategy.

The applicant now has to modify both intersections on Liege Street in order to improve efficiency of traffic movement.

Project architect Graham Taylor said the mixed-use development would transform the local area.

‘That is to say that the cinema access functions are being refocused northwards so the associated leisure and convenience uses can become the genesis of, and a catalyst for, this future main street, which was often referred to by local residents during consultation as their ‘mini-Oxford Street’,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘The street and surrounds will be created as a shaded and pedestrian-friendly, flush-paved area with alfresco dining options that can trade within the cinema’s operating hours. There is a central oval-shaped plaza that blends the cinema concourse into the main street.’

Mr Taylor said the project had garnered solid public support.

‘There actually haven’t been that many challenges… the community have been very supportive and offered a raft of good ideas along the way,’ he said.

Construction will commence in the first quarter of 2015 and is expected to be finished in early 2016.