Canberra developer Zapari has reduced by a quarter the number of apartments in its planned $86 million mixed-used development on a key corner of the western side of Woden Town Centre.
The change from 400 to 288 apartments is one of several made after consultation with the National Capital Design Review Panel and the Woden Valley Community Council.
Zapari’s development application proposes an L-shaped 16-storey building that will wrap around the corner of Corinna and Brewer streets and Brewer and Melrose Drive (Block 4, 5, 7 Section 12 Phillip) opposite Westfield.
The site is currently occupied by ageing three-storey buildings considered to be underutilised and tired.
Zapari plans to transform the area and activate the street frontages, as well as upgrading the cul-de-sac off Corrina Street that serves as a car park, mainly for the neighbouring Chemist Warehouse.
It proposes a vibrant mixed-use precinct including residential apartments, double-height ground-floor retail spaces, and a rooftop garden with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
The apartments include 60 one-bedroom units, 72 one-bedroom plus study, 84 two-bedroom, 48 two-bedroom plus study, and 12 three-bedroom units. The size of the units’ internal areas and balconies have been increased, and 37 will be adaptable.
The ground floor consists of retail tenancies total more than 650 square metres, a residential lobby, ramps to the basement and podium car parking, services, and other infrastructure.
There will be three levels each of basement and podium parking.
Levels 3 to 14 have 23 units per floor, while Level 15 will have 12 single and double-storey apartments.
Plans for the rooftop show communal gardens, barbecue facilities and dining areas, as well as two spas and saunas.
Upgrades to the cul-de-sac to the north of Block 5 include rearranging the parking spaces and creating better vehicle circulation and access to the basement and podium parking levels, as well as ensuring room for the forward entry and exit of all vehicles, including waste collection trucks.
Zapari proposes a continuous recessed awning to shelter pedestrians from bad weather, and the company will upgrade the street verge with trees, shrubs, and seating areas and new pavement.
Brewer Street is the main access to Westfield from Melrose Drive and traffic choke point. The traffic study says the development will generate 97 vehicles per hour in peak times. It has estimated a combined total of 904 vehicles per hour from other similar developments in the area.
But the study says scenarios for the Zapari development estimated modest impacts at Melrose Drive/Hindmarsh Drive (AM peak) and for the northbound right turn from Melrose Drive into Worgan Street (PM peak).
It says impacts in the All Developments scenario can likely be mitigated through minor signal optimisations at the relevant intersections, and recommends that road network upgrades are not required to cater for the increase in traffic.
The report says 464 car parking spaces will be provided, including seven disabled parking spaces.
The proposal provides a connection to the existing pedestrian and cyclist paths through an accessible entry at the ground floor fronting the cul-de-sac and Corrina Street.
The DA says that more than 69 per cent of the proposed dwellings achieve at least three hours of sunlight between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the winter solstice, and the rest have been configured to achieve reasonable solar access for their daytime living areas.
The west-facing windows have been stepped and rotated towards the north and the glazing has been selected to limit the impacts of direct sunlight. The depth and placement of balconies also provide shading.