Red Square grow­ing

Precinct calls for ten­ants

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ANNE MATHER SUN­DAY SEP­TEM­BER 30 2018

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.

Pic­ture: MATHEW FAR­RELL

AC­TION CEN­TRE: Mac Point chief Mary Massina with Ho­bart Brew­ing Co’s Bren­dan Par­nell, left, and Alex Heroys of Des­ti­na­tions South­ern Tas­ma­nia.

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