Big plans lodged for Newcastle's Hunter Street Mall

BROAD plans for the redevelopment of Hunter Street Mall in Newcastle's city centre have formally been lodged with Newcastle council.

UrbanGrowth and GPT have submitted the plan with a request that the council put them on public exhibition for 30 days instead of the usual 14.

Among key features of the $400 million plan are:

■ A 19-storey residential building on the site of the old David Jones car park on King Street, a 14-storey residential building on the corner of King and Newcomen streets and a 15-storey residential building in Wolfe Street.

■ A 15,000- to 25,000-square-metre retail precinct that will include a supermarket fronting Hunter Street, a cafe and dining strip and a entertainment precinct that will include new cinemas.

■ The protection of heritage facades on the former David Jones building, the Masonic Hall in Wolfe Street and the terrace houses on King Street.

■ A 5000-square-metre commercial zone designed to bring more jobs into the CBD.

■ An array of smaller residential apartment buildings topping out at about seven storeys.

■ A mixture of five and six-storey retail and commercial buildings fronting Hunter Street Mall.

The development application applies to the site as a whole and not to individual building projects, which will be subject to a further development application process.

However, this formal application does seek to rezone certain areas of the site to allow for the proposed high-rise buildings.

UrbanGrowth project manager Eric Johnson said the lodgement marked a significant milestone for the project.

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