Chapman shops upgrade

johnboy 27 March 2013 4

chapman shops

Mayor Rattenbury is letting us know we can have our say about planned upgrades to the Chapman Shops.

“I’m pleased to announce the preliminary sketch plans for the upgrade of Chapman shops have now been developed following input from the Chapman community, traders, lessees and government stakeholders,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“A drop-in consultation session will be held between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday 6 April 2013 for the community to view the plans, ask questions of the project team and provide feedback.”

The preliminary design recommends:

— improvements to pedestrian access and safety into and around the shops;
— enhanced public amenity through street furniture, landscaping and a dedicated community gathering space;
— improved lighting in the car park and adjacent areas; upgrades to parking areas for people with a disability;
— provision of a dedicated loading zone;
— widened footpaths;
— improved access to the bus stop;
— upgrades to the drainage system at the southern entrance to the shops and
— installation of a drinking fountain.

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4 Responses to Chapman shops upgrade
Dacquiri Dacquiri 11:49 am 27 Mar 13

I did a double-take (more like a triple-take) when I saw this — I thought it looked like something straight out of the 1950s. Is it something about Canberra that ensures that we have a lack of high-quality architects and designers, or is there just a view that facilities such as suburban shops must be bland, boring and ordinary? Also seems to be an abundance of one of those things that are apparently contrary to ‘best practice’ for the public realm: ‘inactive frontages’ (ie, big, blank walls).

dpm dpm 11:44 am 27 Mar 13

mtrax said :

to be honest its not much of an upgrade, really..

True. I thought the pic above was the ‘before’ one?

mtrax mtrax 10:43 am 27 Mar 13

to be honest its not much of an upgrade, really..

Cantabile Cantabile 10:02 am 27 Mar 13

Plus we lose a couple of carparks, by the looks of the sketch, which is fantastic as we already have to avoid the area around pickup time at the school next door. But hurrah for trees and a shallower access ramp, tho the kids won’t be able to get as much speed on the way down as they’re used to!

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