The ACT Government has today called for development applications for the Kingston Arts Precinct, home to the Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and Bus Depot Markets.
The four-hectare site sits between the Kingston Foreshore, Bowen and Telopea parks and apartment-filled old suburb of Kingston.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said developers had a unique opportunity to create a “vibrant hub of arts and creativity” in the area.
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“The Government’s vision is to make the precinct a key cultural destination, bringing together the city’s heritage with a new development that will be Canberra’s creative hub,” he said. “It will be a place where artists, cultural organisations and creative businesses make, teach, exhibit, perform and sell their work.”
Mr Barr said the preferred developer was expected to be appointed in mid-2016.
The Land Development Agency’s Request for Proposal specifies the needs of arts organisations who will operate in the precinct including gallery, workshop, meeting and administration spaces, accommodation for visiting artists and car parking.
The Government anticipates local, national and international developers will be interested in their vision to create “a project that sensitively brings together the old and the new, in the coolest little capital in the world”.