DEVONPORT City Council last week announced it has lodged development applications for the $70 million first stage of the LIVING CITY project, which includes a multi-purpose civic building, multi-level car park, Food Pavilion and outdoor Market Square.
"Council is thrilled to have reached this point in the LIVING CITY journey and have developed plans for the first stage of the project, which will give the city a new focal point" said Devonport Mayor, Steve Martin.
"Following community consultation on the concept plans in July 2015, the architects have focused on further developing the designs to enhance the precinct's ambience and social character.
"Designing a project of this scale is a massive undertaking and the design team, user groups and other key stakeholders should be congratulated for getting to this point so quickly.
"The plans now very much show how the new spaces and facilities will be a beacon for attracting both locals and visitors into the heart of the city," Mayor Martin said.
The plans have been lodged as two separate applications and will be assessed as discretionary applications under the Devonport Interim Planning Scheme.
The first application is for the multi-purpose building and multi-level car park, with the plans for the four storey multi-purpose building incorporating a LINC facility, Service Tasmania, café, amenities, Council offices, meeting rooms and an 800 seat capacity conference facility.
The multi-level car park will offer 550 parking spaces across three levels, as well as a two-storey retail outlet on the northern boundary, public amenities, council storage space and end of ride facilities.
The second application is for the construction of the Food Pavilion and Market Square, demolition of existing buildings under the footprint of these facilities and further subdivision and lot consolidation.
It is proposed the Food Pavilion will feature four permanent food and beverage retail tenancies, a food education facility and a large undercover space that can be utilised for markets and events.
The Market Square will feature a children's play space and event area, which can be used as an outdoor extension of the Food Pavilion and adjacent civic buildings for community entertainment, recreation and social activities.
A light beacon is proposed for the middle of the Market Square which is intended to be a focus point for the city, visible from anywhere in Devonport and will be slightly higher than the proposed multi-storey civic building.
The Market Square will also make reference to the former Police residence on the site, known as the 'Pink House' by utilising brickwork from the building in the construction of a children's play space, in the configuration of the original building.
Construction is expected to commence in early 2016 once the necessary approvals are secured, the construction contract has been awarded and the funding model finalised. It will take approximately 18 months to complete the construction.