Published on 08 December 2016

The draft concept plans for the LIVING CITY Waterfront Precinct have been unveiled for public feedback.

Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin launched the plans which include a waterfront hotel, riverside park and proposed marina on Thursday morning.

“The design team has developed a great concept plan for the Waterfront Precinct that connects the City centre to the Mersey River, which is a long-held community desire and one of the key principles of the LIVING CITY Master Plan” said Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin.

“With Stage 1 of LIVING CITY under construction and being the catalyst that unlocks prime waterfront land, it is exciting to now be focussing on developing such an important part of the City”.

The proposed plans for the Waterfront Precinct include a riverside park that features a number of pedestrian pathways linking through to the river, an elevated public pier, small marina, open lawn areas, an amphitheatre, public art, children’s playground and Tasmanian native garden.

It is estimated that the Waterfront Precinct will cost between $60 and $80 million to develop.  Works could potentially commence as early as 2019, subject to securing all necessary approvals, a hotel developer and government funding towards the Riverside Park.  It will also be subject to the relocation of the Harris Scarfe department store.

The proposed hotel design incorporates 150 hotel rooms, 12 high end residential apartments, a restaurant bar, supporting hotel facilities and on-site parking.

Mayor Martin said “The LIVING CITY Waterfront Precinct represents an exciting opportunity to revitalise the Devonport City centre through the creation of an enhanced public realm and creation of additional hotel accommodation”.

“We have prepared a potential hotel design that meets the needs of all stakeholders, however it must be noted that the final design will be subject to the feedback received during the consultation period and further refinement from the successful hotel developer”.

“Council plans to seek expressions of interest from hotel developers in early 2017, following the community consultation period”.

Formby Road and the railway track will remain in their current position, with a number of new pedestrian crossings created.  Around 70 new on-street parking spaces have been included as well as parking in the hotel development.

Copies of the Waterfront Precinct concept plans are available from Council’s offices at 17 Fenton Way and at www.speakupdevonport.com.au.

The community consultation period will be open until 5pm, Wednesday, 8 February 2017, with feedback welcomed through a number of community drop-in information sessions, Council’s offices and the Speak Up Devonport website

Community drop-in information sessions will be held:

  1. 3-6pm, Wednesday, 14 December – Council offices, 17 Fenton Way
  2. 12noon to 1.30pm, Thursday 15 December – Rooke Street Mall
  3. 12.30pm to 2pm, Monday, 19 December – Rooke Street Mall

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