An article in the Press today outlines what is in store for the next year along Cashel Mall. Promisingly, two big developments are already on the cards, and the container mall that popped up on the bare sites is getting ready to move.
Already, a four-storey development is planned at 112 Cashel St, which will also front Plymouth Ln. It will replace buildings which housed, Acquisitions, some upstairs offices and a dental practice.
The new L-shaped complex, designed by architect Kerry Mason, will front on to both the lane and the mall and may also link to department store Ballantynes. It will include shops at street level, with two floors of offices above and a top-floor apartment.
On the other side of the Mall (well, street) a planned $70 million complex will take up half the block bordered by Cashel, Hereford and Colombo streets and Oxford Tce. The plan will combine offices, shops, hospitality outlets, tenant parking and public space in one large complex
The complex will have an 80-metre frontage, a glass- roofed arcade, and a 1000sqm green courtyard accessible to tenants and the public.
This is a good start to the rebuild of the one of the key activity centres in the CBD, and all it will really take are these first few developments for further rebuilds to get underway, confidence to come back, and the area to flourish and prosper, and the rest will follow over the next few years. Even now, the Re:Start project has shown that business in the CBD will flourish if done properly, and what is taking place in Cashel Mall will only serve as a great example for other areas in the CBD yet to get to the other side of the cordon, such as the Lane precinct around Poplar St, High St, New Regent St, and SOL square.
I am really happy that these developments seem to follow the mixed use model. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, and this trend will continue and only become more intense. I also think it really serves the possible integration of the tram into the public transport network well, and is the main reason I am taking an interest. With a few more of these developments, it would potentially be well used in a couple of years time.