November start for Curtin shops development after demolition plan approved

Ian Bushnell 21 October 2019 16
Artists's impression of the development

A render of the proposed development at 41 Curtin Place. Photo: Supplied.

The controversial Curtin shops redevelopment is expected to get underway next month with the planning authority giving the green light to demolition plans.

Work to demolish the vacated building at 41 Curtin Place will now begin towards the end of October. It is expected to take two to three weeks.

Construction on the five-storey mixed-use development will then start and is expected to be completed in 12 months.

It will be welcome news to business owners and the community who have had to deal with a derelict building sucking the vitality out of the shopping centre after a long and bitter row over the redevelopment.

The developer says it will be talking to affected businesses soon.

It is the latest chapter in a development saga that initially saw the community rally against the plans of the Haridemos family for a six-storey building but tire of the conflict when the Curtin Community Association continued the fight when concessions were won.

The owner had come under fire for ending leases at the shops in anticipation of the six-storey proposal being approved, fencing off the building and removing asbestos.

After a vigorous campaign led by the Association, the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) knocked back the proposal, a master plan was developed with community consultation and the family eventually resubmitted a scaled-back proposal for reconsideration. A storey was taken off, setbacks increased and the number of residential units was reduced from 50 to 36.

Its conditional approval late last year sparked the next round of conflict, with the Association continuing to argue the proposal was still out of character with the village nature of the shops, too imposing and would overshadow the square, taking ACTPLA to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal for what it called a flawed process.

But the community and businesses affected by the protracted dispute were tired of the delay, and the Association became increasingly isolated, eventually withdrawing its ACAT action in June to clear the way for the development.

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16 Responses to November start for Curtin shops development after demolition plan approved
Adrian Keenan Adrian Keenan 3:31 pm 26 Oct 19

At last! It’s been an eyesore for 2 years !

Brian Nguyen Brian Nguyen 8:50 am 26 Oct 19

Adrian I thought they already build 2 Curtin shop by now, Jesus how long ago? 3 years

Pat McCauley Pat McCauley 10:36 pm 25 Oct 19

Great news for the suburb I grew up in.

Nathan Dunn Nathan Dunn 7:44 am 24 Oct 19

Anyone interested in retail leasing opportunities for the ground floor tenancies, please sing out 🥳🥳🥳

Jenny Lawson Jenny Lawson 9:25 pm 23 Oct 19

Great! Hope the small businesses remaining can stay afloat until the development is finished and people return to our local shops.

    Mark Ryan Mark Ryan 12:35 pm 25 Oct 19

    Jenny Lawson We have been promoting our dry cleaning services #RrFabricare at the Newsagents and Post office to help that small family business so this is positive news.

Lara McCombie Lara McCombie 8:30 pm 23 Oct 19

Such good news

Philomena Lear Philomena Lear 4:59 am 23 Oct 19

Good One! Be nice to see something happening at Higgins Shops. Lots of new life in this area now.

Christopher Fridge Butler Christopher Fridge Butler 10:14 pm 22 Oct 19

Is that 1/3rd minimum parking lost?

Harry Williams Harry Williams 5:14 pm 22 Oct 19

About time

Leo61 Leo61 12:57 pm 22 Oct 19

Great news. It’s time that some juice was injected into the tired old centre.

Angel Nash Angel Nash 12:50 pm 22 Oct 19


Truc-Hue Tran Truc-Hue Tran 12:50 pm 22 Oct 19

Mai Tran will this affect your shop?

    Mai Tran Mai Tran 1:06 pm 22 Oct 19

    just glad something is being done, two years this Christmas looking at the ugly vacant building.

    Nathan Dunn Nathan Dunn 7:43 am 24 Oct 19

    Mai Tran I think it's time we have that chat! Your patience has been outstanding 😅

Brent Sloane Brent Sloane 11:54 am 22 Oct 19

Great news for Curtin.

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