Site Announced For Exciting New Community Hub
A place for all to experience and enjoy begins as Salisbury City Centre is transformed into a vibrant and modern precinct following the unveiling of the City Centre Community Hub location.
The proposed City Centre Community Hub will be a place for the community to come together to exchange ideas, learn, participate and celebrate in a range of community spaces located with Council’s administration and Chambers.
Mayor Gillian Aldridge says it will be “the social heart of our City Centre and a place to showcase and experience the difference Salisbury has to offer”. “The Community Hub is a major element of the Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy, which is an ongoing program of investment to expand and energise the CBD”.
Mayor Aldridge said. “It’s all about connecting people with opportunities to gather, socialise, live, study and invest.”
“The project will create local job opportunities during construction while Council will also look to utilise local products and services wherever possible,” Mayor Aldridge said. The economic activity this level of investment attracts would build upon the City Centre’s existing strengths including our multiplicity of services and eateries, easy access by public and private transport, and our diverse business base.”
The site selected for the proposed Community Hub is located on John Street between Civic Square and Parabanks Shopping Centre and was chosen to enable integration with the Civic Square as a focus for community activities and services. “In the second half of 2017, Council will be considering the feedback received during the community consultation in its final designs and before making a final commitment to the community hub,” Mayor Aldridge said.
The proposed City Centre Community Hub is a major part of Council’s ongoing contribution to driving the revitalisation of the CBD under the Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy, which commenced in 2012 and has already seen:
- About $20 million of private investment including upgrades to Parabanks Shopping Centre, Hoyts Cinema, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac Bank
- A $700,000 upgrade of the Civic Square community space
- Renewal of Judd Street Laneway with a community mural, seating and table tennis equipment
- The introduction of Salisbury Secret Garden, which is attracting 10,000 people into the City Centre during the Adelaide Fringe
- Upgrades to bus stops, pedestrian crossings, lighting and the Len Beadell Library facade, installation of new bike racks and street furniture, and graffiti removal
- A commitment by Council in conjunction with the Salisbury Business Association to launch the inaugural Salisbury Food & Cultural Festival in September; and
- Adoption of Salisbury Oval Precinct Master Plan and investment in new and upgrading sporting facilities and development sites
The estimated cost of the project is $43.8 million. These project costs have been incorporated into our Long Term Financial Plan. Council is also exploring grant opportunities along with proposed sale of council owned properties of $7 million made available due to the new Community Hub.
Community Engagement sessions
Salisbury City Centre is unique; it’s a place with a long history and bright future. That is why we’re inviting community feedback on how people want to experience the Hub, and what opportunities there are to improve the services provided for the community.
For more information and for the dates of the community engagement sessions, click here.