WEST Unveils Exciting ‘Charles Street’ Retail and Community Precinct

Featured — 23 September 2019

WEST Unveils Exciting ‘Charles Street’ Retail and Community Precinct.

More than $120m in Development Investment Already Confirmed.

New $11 million City of Charles Sturt library and community space and Kaufland supermarket moving to former Football Park site.

Commercial & General’s award-winning residential development ‘WEST’ at West Lakes, has just unveiled its vision for its exciting new retail and community precinct, ‘Charles Street’.

Designed to be the heart of the landmark development on the former Football Park site, the 38,000 sqm Charles Street precinct will be the shopping, dining and lifestyle hub of WEST.

Commercial & General’s Executive Director of Communities, Chris Menz says the precinct will be a meeting place for residents and visitors to shop, share and unwind.

“Charles Street will become the sort of place where you come to know your local bartender, barista and pharmacist by name.  We’ve looked very carefully at the blend of uses within the precinct and have worked hard to get the right mix of retail and community uses that are in demand in the area,” he says.

With more than $120 million of development now confirmed in the precinct, one of the cornerstones of Charles Street will be a new $11 million City of Charles Sturt library and community space.

“It will be in the heart of Charles Street and just 200m from the West Lakes Bus Interchange. Within its 3,500 sqm footprint, the ground level will be home to a new library and community space with community kitchen and Council facilities, and a landscaped plaza and café connecting the building to the Football Park oval,” says Mr Menz.

“On levels one and two, businesses and commercial tenants including medical and allied health facilities will enjoy fabulous views across Football Park oval. Shared facilities and a boardroom for meetings and functions are also planned, and we’ll have over 55 onsite car parks, along with available street parking to make sure we have easy public access. “

“We’re really excited about what it will deliver for both WEST residents and visitors.”

City of Charles Sturt Mayor, Angela Evans says she’s looking forward to seeing the new community space, with construction set to start in early 2020.

“It’s been terrific to see the ongoing evolution of the development of WEST and, as a Council, we’re so pleased to see the creation of the new combined library and community space with supporting facilities for our residents,” she says.

Another key partner in Charles Street will be the new five storey, $50 million Uniting SA West Lakes aged care project.

With construction already underway, the development will offer ground floor level shops and services easily accessible by residents and the broader community, as well as three levels of residential aged care, and a memory support unit to provide additional care for people living with dementia.

Commercial & General is also excited to welcome German supermarket, Kaufland to Charles Street to deliver a comprehensive grocery offering to the WEST community.

“Kaufland is one of Europe’s largest brands and prides itself on being a one-stop destination for everyday needs. With a huge range of choice, value and quality, we think it will be a real bonus for WEST,” Chris Menz says.

A spokesperson for Kaufland says “We are grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the WEST community, and we remain committed to working with the City of Charles Sturt and all other stakeholders to ensure we achieve the best outcome possible.”

According to Chris Menz, the new 4000 sqm Kaufland development on the corner of West Lakes Boulevard and Turner Drive, will generate more than 170 jobs during construction and is expected to generate 100 ongoing local jobs once it opens.

“We think that’s really positive news for this area, and with a strong focus on fresh produce and increased opportunities for local businesses and suppliers, Kaufland will be an exciting addition to the community as they further their investment in South Australia.”

Adding even further to the vibrancy of Charles Street will be a new residential address, with the launch of the ‘Ocea’ Apartments, offering one to three-bedroom options which will be priced be from $285,000.

“These will be fabulous, affordable and convenient apartments located right above the retail buzz,” says Mr Menz.

“We are really looking forward to this next phase in WEST’s award-winning journey. Charles Street will be the beating heart for our residents, surrounding community and visitors to WEST and we think a great addition to the unique West Lakes feel that so many people love.”

WEST was awarded the prestigious title of the nation’s best ‘Medium Density Housing’ project, at the 2019 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National awards.