THE ACT Government last week announced that plans to create a distinctive and high quality urban precinct are moving ahead, with construction to soon commence on a new mixed-used development on a 6.4 hectare site on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park in Campbell.
The site will include medium- and high-density development on five parcels of land and provide 520 residential units, with ground floor frontages for shops and cafes along Constitution Avenue. There will also be the opportunity for a hotel as well as commercial uses.
The development will also feature a new public park featuring grassed terraces, a range of children's play spaces, exercise equipment, an open area for ball games and a central swale incorporating 'water sensitive urban design' that will capture, treat and reuse water from the suburb's stormwater network.
Building heights along Constitution Avenue will be 25 metres, scaling down to 19 and 10 metres approaching Page and Chown Streets.
According to the government, the master plan for the site required a National Capital Plan amendment, and extensive community consultation was undertaken to ensure the estate design acknowledged the intent of the early Griffin Plan and the subsequent Griffin Legacy.
The site contains sections of golden sun moth habitat and natural temperate grasslands, and the Federal Government has accepted the ACT Government's offset strategy for the impacts of the development.
The site is also affected by asbestos contamination and an independently endorsed Remediation Action Plan has been developed and the material will be removed by a licensed contractor. The remediation works are expected to take about nine months.
Civil works will take place once the remediation works have been completed and cleared by an auditor. It is anticipated that the civil works will take a further eight months, with the initial release of the five development parcels to occur in early 2014.