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Save Curtin Shops!

By JulieA - 21 June 2011 42

An application has been lodged with ACTPLA to change the lease on a part of the Curtin shops. 

If allowed seven retailers will be lost including the Q Bookshop, Capital Chemist, a restaurant and two fast food outlets. 

The entire block will be demolished and multi story residential units and offices will be built. 

I urge everyone who loves the Curtin shops the way they are or who appreciate the importance of Canberra’s local shopping centres (today Curtin – tomorrow ….?) to visit the ACTPLA site and look at the development proposal. 

Objections  to the proposed development application close on 28 June 2011. 

Please help  by sending a quick email to ACTPLA (there is a link on their site) objecting to the development application.

What’s Your opinion?


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42 Responses to
Save Curtin Shops!
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The Frots 10:39 am
21 Jun 11
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The Curtin shops are really great little shops – I hope that they don’t get demolished at all. You have my support JulieA so I’ll send off a email today.

Good luck – it would be such a shame to see this go.

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Affirmative Action M 10:58 am
21 Jun 11
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The redevelopment mongrels just never stop. They are relentless. No units – keep the shops. Curtin has a great little shopping centre It is the heart & soul of the community.

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Moose 11:31 am
21 Jun 11
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No!!! That’s so horrible!! Those takeaway joints make the best tropical burgers, and the pizza joint is amazing. I still remember going in there with 50 cents as a kid and picking up a whole swag of lollies. Curtin shops should not be made into apartments. How dare they!

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chow 11:56 am
21 Jun 11
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I would have thought that Curtin was one of the few smaller shopping centres that actually showed a sustainable balance between a large supermarket chain and small shops.

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longshanks 12:13 pm
21 Jun 11
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Moose said :

No!!! That’s so horrible!! Those takeaway joints make the best tropical burgers, and the pizza joint is amazing. I still remember going in there with 50 cents as a kid and picking up a whole swag of lollies. Curtin shops should not be made into apartments. How dare they!

Yep, I can remember when 50 cents used to get you heaps of lollies! I also remember saving up to buy my first ever Spider (i.e. ice cream soda) when I was about 7 at the Curtin Milk Bar. And my grandpa used to swear that their ham and pineapple pizzas were the best in the world. Vince (the owner) was sorely missed when he died suddenly, and that whole block of shops will be sorely missed if it gets taken out.

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The Frots 12:17 pm
21 Jun 11
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longshanks said :

Moose said :

No!!! That’s so horrible!! Those takeaway joints make the best tropical burgers, and the pizza joint is amazing. I still remember going in there with 50 cents as a kid and picking up a whole swag of lollies. Curtin shops should not be made into apartments. How dare they!

Yep, I can remember when 50 cents used to get you heaps of lollies! I also remember saving up to buy my first ever Spider (i.e. ice cream soda) when I was about 7 at the Curtin Milk Bar. And my grandpa used to swear that their ham and pineapple pizzas were the best in the world. Vince (the owner) was sorely missed when he died suddenly, and that whole block of shops will be sorely missed if it gets taken out.

I think that Vince’s wife still owns the shop and works there (could be wrong of course). Very sad if this shopping centre goes.

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Classified 12:40 pm
21 Jun 11
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So what exactly is on the development application? What is being put in other than units and offices? I reckon there’s more to the story.

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thehutch 1:03 pm
21 Jun 11
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Reading through the statement against criteria, it appears the plan is to have retail/commercial/offices on ground floor and I assume residential above (if I am reading this correct).

The drama here is what?

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damien haas 1:07 pm
21 Jun 11
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Sending an email is a waste of time.

Write a letter to ACTPLA stating your objections. You must include how you are an affected party.

As in all things governmental and bureaucracy driven, its all about the process. The developer will be well aware of the process.

Clicking like on facebook and sending an email will make you feel better, but you will fail.

The ACTPLA website will inform you on how to object to a DA.

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rosscoact 1:19 pm
21 Jun 11
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thehutch said :

Reading through the statement against criteria, it appears the plan is to have retail/commercial/offices on ground floor and I assume residential above (if I am reading this correct).

The drama here is what?

They are applying to vary the lease to add non-retail commercial and residential above. All perfectly normal part of the building and development cycle.

Where on earth did you get the idea that retail would be lost? Ground floor retail is a requiremnet under the zoning and such cannot be varied through the lease.

No reason to whip ones-self into a lather.

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Affirmative Action M 2:18 pm
21 Jun 11
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“All perfectly normal part of the building and development cycle.”

Yes and pigs might fly too. Fair dinkum I reckon developers would stick units in public swimming pools and kindi rooms if they could.

This seems a back door way to build a monstrosity of a swag of units but appease the public by including retail shops as well.

Curtin shopping centre is terrific as it is – it does not need a change.

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MummaBear 2:34 pm
21 Jun 11
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Affirmative Action Man said :

“All perfectly normal part of the building and development cycle.”

Yes and pigs might fly too. Fair dinkum I reckon developers would stick units in public swimming pools and kindi rooms if they could.

This seems a back door way to build a monstrosity of a swag of units but appease the public by including retail shops as well.

Curtin shopping centre is terrific as it is – it does not need a change.

+10

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Clown Killer 2:37 pm
21 Jun 11
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By “developers” do you mean the people who own those shops and the associated lease? The ones that paid for it? The ones with the legal rights to seek to maximise their investment through the legal avenues available to them? Those developers.

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rosscoact 2:39 pm
21 Jun 11
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Affirmative Action Man said :

“All perfectly normal part of the building and development cycle.”

Curtin shopping centre is terrific as it is – it does not need a change.

Then I suggest that you go and buy the block and the shops and leave it the way it is. Otherwise you might consider not telling people what to do with their own property.

How would you feel if someone tried to stop you from painting your gutters because in their opinion your house “is terrific as it is – it does not need a change”?

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shstr 3:04 pm
21 Jun 11
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I am a proponent of development as it leads to the possibility of much better public transport and means the suburban sprawl can be contained, saving our green spaces. Nevertheless I can’t understand why a fully functioning building is to be demolished when the adjacent building, not more than 2 metres away, which is a plumbing nightmare and probably needs to be demolished isn’t been targeted for redevelopment instead?

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