Sekisui House, developer of the West Village project, has lodged the application to commence work on the project’s first major public open spaces, including a 1500 square metre public park.
West Village Project Director Andrew Thompson says the new works will include a public open space area known as The Common, two publicly accessible lane ways and a dedicated community space.
“These parkland and community spaces will create a point of difference for West Village by providing open green spaces in the inner-city for residents to enjoy,” said Mr Thompson.
He also said The Common would reinstate the historic forecourt of the 1920s Peters Ice Cream Factory.
“We are about to breathe new life into West End’s Ice Cream Factory as a residential and retail precinct, and The Common will be a cool, green entry statement that embraces the heritage listed building,” Mr Thompson said.
“[It] will offer a cool oasis and will include lush, colourful and sculptural plants as a contrast to the urban surrounds.
“Grassed areas will provide a setting for viewing performances, picnics and small gatherings, and tall trees with a diverse canopy will provide a cool sanctuary full of colour and texture.”
The Common will also feature a water play area adjacent to Boundary Street, including popwater jets to “add moving water, sound and additional interest to the landscape”.
Mr Thompson says the proposal also included the development of Factory Lane and Wilson Lane – the first of four, 24 hour public lane ways at West Village.
“Both laneways will include deep plantings, landscaped market gardens and innovative lighting,” he said.
The new works will also include a community space called the Centre Activities Space, used as an art gallery, formal or informal educational seminars, acting classes, conference or reception space, fitness classes, dance classes, and theatre or cinema.
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