St Marys could soon be welcoming a new shopping centre to the area, if plans for it can get the tick of approval from Penrith Council.
According to the Western Weekender, Haben Property have submitted an unsolicited request to purchase land at 5-13 Gidley Street to make way for the centre, however the land is currently council owned and being used as a parking lot.
If the shopping centre is approved it’s set to include six specialty shops, a large Coles, state-of-the-art child care centre, medical centre and about 350 car spaces.
Haben Executive Director Melissa Kingham said in the Western Weekender that the proposal was a response to the compulsory acquisition of Station Plaza, where land is needed for the construction of Sydney Metro’s North-South rail link.
“We are only proposing to purchase part of that site, approximately 5,200sqm and 170 car spaces,” Ms Kingham said.
“The car parks are proposed to be replaced with a deck car park to be built by Haben but remain in Council ownership.”
Haben originally had plans to redevelop Station Plaza, however the acquisition of the land means this is no longer able to go ahead.
There’s no doubt that plenty of businesses and members of the community will be hoping to see the development go ahead, with Haben highlighting that it would help save jobs and improve pedestrian links to Queen Street.
Whether or not it will go ahead however is still to be decided by council, so watch this space.