Plan to create a new hub
LAND TO BE RECLASSIFIED TO INTEGRATE SHOPPING PRECINCT
SHOPPERS heading to St Marys could be spoiled for choice, with plans afoot for a main street with easier access to the two main shopping centres, a larger town centre and play spaces with water features.
Penrith Council is considering reclassifying public land in St Marys Town Centre, a move that would allow a more central shopping hub to be built.
Mayor Ross Fowler said the reclassification from community to operational land was needed to allow the council to carry out the town centre strategy.
The proposal affects Kokoda and Lang parks, West Lane and Station St carparks, a council building at 8-10 Carinya Ave and a laneway at 100A Queen St.
“The next step for the council is to reclassify parts of the land, so we can consider opportunities to use it to create attractive public spaces, bring new business and investment, and generate jobs,” Cr Fowler said.
But other community leaders are waiting for more detail, fearing it could come at a cost of car parking and green space.
Cr Fowler said if the land was reclassified it, could open the way for the construction of a new town square, apartments near the train station, and a new street between Queen St and Charles Hackett Drive, as well as the integration of expanded shopping centres with the town centre.
He said the reclassification would not affect available parking spaces.
Councillor Jackie Greenow said she agreed with the proposal’s aim, but would not support it without more detail on where the green spaces would be.
“We’ve got to lift St Marys, but they need to be able to tell us where the green space is going to be,” Cr Greenow said.
Town Centre manager Paulette Adams agreed and said parking also needed to be a priority.
“Removing parking will cause a lot issues with commuters,” Ms Adams said.
She said she could see the economic benefits of developing the town centre.
The proposal is on public exhibition until Tuesday. Details: yoursaypenrith.com.au/StMarysTownCentre.