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Kingston gets a touch up

By johnboy - 2 July 2011 6

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Simon Corbell has announced the launch of a master plan for Kingston:

“The Kingston Centre is already a very popular shopping and eating spot in Canberra, but this master plan will
bring new life to the area and ensure it continues to attract Canberrans to enjoy the public space,” Mr Corbell
said.

“The Government has consulted extensively on this new plan for the area and has developed a vision that has
new aspects of retail and residential development while protecting Kingston’s village atmosphere.”

The key features of the master plan include:
• maintaining low-scale of buildings fronting Green Square, Kennedy and Giles streets to ensure solar access and keep Kingston’s village feel
• increasing building heights in Highgate Lane up to five storeys to encourage redevelopment and bring vibrancy and street-life to this under-used service lane
• a new mixed development site to attract large numbers of people to the centre, including a new supermarket, small scale retail, residential and commercial spaces and basement or undercroft carparking
• improving pedestrian connections from Green Square, Kennedy and Giles through to Highgate Lane.

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6 Responses to
Kingston gets a touch up
Queen_of_the_Bun 1:00 pm 04 Jul 11

miz said :

This might explain why some long-standing tenants, like that lovely fabric shop that sold stuff you couldn’t get anywhere else in Canberra, have been given the heave-ho. Obviously not considered ‘cool enough’.

I was told Gantner’s closed because the owners wanted to retire.

miz 12:50 pm 03 Jul 11

This might explain why some long-standing tenants, like that lovely fabric shop that sold stuff you couldn’t get anywhere else in Canberra, have been given the heave-ho. Obviously not considered ‘cool enough’.

Sir_Orangepeel 10:29 pm 02 Jul 11

With the emphasis on the new supermarket in Kingston, it seems the mysterious development height increase at the Dawes Street motels has slipped under the radar. This was definitely not discussed at the community consultation meetings I attended and I’m wondering on what basis the ACT government can simply increase the height at this block. Can they just do that?? Was there a development application that I’ve missed? I live next door and would hate to live next to a four-storey building!

Vision2010 9:30 pm 02 Jul 11

creative_canberran said :

Andrew Barr tweeted: “New plan for Kingston features Melbourne-style laneways with shops and cafes”

What is with the lane ways? Seriously, in Europe they have charm because it harks back centuries to a different era. In Melbourne, it’s just a way to cover up city planning. Didn’t they learn anything from the Manuka fiasco, how the new lane way their failed and how Manuka Plaza didn’t succeed too well either with it’s pokey main lane. Let’s see some more area’s like The Lawns in Manuka, always busy with lovely trees. This is the freaking bush capital, not Melbourne’s dim witted cousin in the sticks.

I completely agree. I would love to understand local politicians’ apparent obsession with making Canberra feel like Sydney or Melbourne when many people live here to escape the drudgery of the big smoke.

Cheap 3:42 pm 02 Jul 11

This is really annoying. The shops and restaurants use that laneway for deliveries, garbage disposal, parking etc.

creative_canberran 2:52 pm 02 Jul 11

Andrew Barr tweeted: “New plan for Kingston features Melbourne-style laneways with shops and cafes”

What is with the lane ways? Seriously, in Europe they have charm because it harks back centuries to a different era. In Melbourne, it’s just a way to cover up city planning. Didn’t they learn anything from the Manuka fiasco, how the new lane way their failed and how Manuka Plaza didn’t succeed too well either with it’s pokey main lane. Let’s see some more area’s like The Lawns in Manuka, always busy with lovely trees. This is the freaking bush capital, not Melbourne’s dim witted cousin in the sticks.

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