Council is aware that some members of the community have raised questions about the current Rosenthal Project Development Application. It may be of assistance that Council clarifies areas of interest within the application to ensure the community have access to consistent information.
Has the amount of retail space increased?
No. As part of the Design Ideas Competition back in 2014, Council made provision for the designs to include 1,000m2 of above-ground retail space. The original Concept Plan Development Application also allowed for 1,000m2. The current Development Application provides for 829m2 of retail space, inclusive of waste rooms to service the retail and surrounding areas which were not part of the original 1,000m2 of space. There is therefore a 17% reduction in overall retail space and we have been able to ensure waste amenities are included.
How will the laneway connections work? What has changed for the Atrium Arcade?
Birdwood Lane will provide an accessible, shared-zone laneway with dual frontage options for the new tenancies to assist with activating the laneway. The original Design Ideas Competition Outcome required various stairs between the laneway and the Park, effectively making them separate spaces. The original concept DA brought the laneway and park closer to the same levels, and envisaged a pedestrian connection between the laneway and park opposite each existing arcade without stairs. In the current DA the connection route opposite the Atrium Arcade has been deleted. The reason for the change is two-fold. Council’s intention is to provide medium to large retail spaces to support the intended restaurant tenancies. Through refining the design process it became apparent that the connection to this arcade would have resulted in two small tenancies that would be suitable only for café-style retail which would compete with the existing supply in Lane Cove. The second reason for the change as shown in the pictures below, is that the Atrium Arcade is clearly visible when exiting from the supermarket level escalators. The pedestrian desire line to access the Atrium Arcade will be to cross the laneway on a 45 degree angle, which is the shortest possible distance to the Arcade. Pedestrian would simply not utilise the original link proposed. It should be noted direct links are maintained to the other three arcades.