Cher­ry­brook shops to get a facelift

Monthly Chronicle - - News - Jenny Bar­lass

Cher­ry­brook Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre is to get a $36.9m up­grade with a gym, med­i­cal cen­tre, more shops, an Aldi and ex­tra car spa­ces in the mix for the new-look cen­tre.

The re­vamp of the cen­tre which was built in 1989, in­cludes de­mol­ish­ing the ex­ist­ing child­care cen­tre and ex­pand­ing the over­all floorspace from 11,200 sq m to 18, 897 sq m to ac­com­mo­date the new fa­cil­i­ties which in­clude adding on a first floor level to house of­fices.

There are 65 shops there now and that number is ex­pected to in­crease.

The car park is set for an over­haul too, with 170 more spa­ces, bet­ter en­trance and exit for the car park and im­proved lay­out.

Some lo­cals are wor­ried though about the up­grade, in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dent of Cher­ry­brook Res­i­dent’s As­so­ci­a­tion and newly elected in­de­pen­dent Hornsby coun­cil­lor Vince del Gal­lego.

“It’s go­ing to change the whole site - I hope it’s not go­ing to be­come a big mon­stros­ity like in Beecroft,” said Vince. “The coun­cil will need to keep a close eye on it.

“The pro­vi­sion of ad­di­tional and varied re­tail out­lets is a pos­i­tive one but qual­i­fied by con­cerns that the com­pleted two storey de­vel­op­ment may dis­turb quaint at­tributes of our lo­cal vil­lage at­mos­phere and land­scape.

“Also a wide, high wall fronting Shep­herds Drive as a re­sult of the ex­tended car park may be­come quite an eye­sore.

“And more shoppers will cause more road con­ges­tion. But it’s my un­der­stand­ing that steps will be taken to mit­i­gate this with en­hanced land­scap­ing as well as traf­fic con­trol sig­nals in the in­ter­sec­tion of Shep­herds Drive and Ken­burn Av­enue.”

Work on the car park is due to start in Novem­ber. A date for the cen­tre up­grade is yet to be de­ter­mined.

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