Red Square growing
Precinct calls for tenants
A COMMUNITY space on Hobart’s waterfront is about to grow in size and action.
Macquarie Point’s popular Red Square entertainment precinct will almost double in size this summer and host four times as many businesses.
The Macquarie Point Development Corporation is calling for expressions of interest to operate tourism, food and beverage, and other start-up businesses at the Evans St venue.
The site will almost double its footprint, expanding to the nearby Goods Shed, and growing from three businesses to 12.
The expanded public area will incorporate seating, umbrellas, landscaping and open space. There is also scope for a children’s play area, a large screen and small pop-up sport fields.
Macquarie Point Develop- ment Corporation CEO Mary Massina said she looked forward to some interesting ideas.
“We are encouraging businesses that are innovative and inventive,” she said. “We want to see Red Square become a vibrant hub.”
The businesses would be temporary “pop-up” establishments, to activate the area while long-term planning for Macquarie Point continues.
Ms Massina said the popups may help determine what works at the site.
Hobart Brewing Co general manager Brendan Parnell said he looked forward to sharing the site with more tenants. “We’re really excited for new businesses to come along and be our neighbour,” Mr Parnell said.
He said the Hobart Brewing Co, which was the first tenant in Red Square, had been attracted to the opportunity to be part of the area’s regeneration. Destinations Southern Tasmania CEO Alex Heroys said the expansion of Red Square was an ideal opportunity for businesses to trial new concepts in a relatively low-cost, lowrisk way.
Expressions of interest applications close on November 1.
ACTION CENTRE: Mac Point chief Mary Massina with Hobart Brewing Co’s Brendan Parnell, left, and Alex Heroys of Destinations Southern Tasmania.