All of the shops in the block at 44 Curtin Place are now closed and an ugly fence has been erected on public land around the building – but no demolition or rebuilding work has been approved. The leaseholder has made no new proposal to the ACT Government to redevelop the site.
The media reported on the fence soon after it went up:
- The Canberra Times ran a story on Thursday 11 January ‘To Me This Is Greed‘
- CRA President Chris Johnson was interviewed on 2CC on Thursday 11 Jan.
- WIN-TV asked for a statement. We wrote:
Building fenced off but no rebuilding proposal
Curtin residents are angry and disappointed that some of their shops have been forced to close – and are now fenced off – when no proposal to rebuild has been approved.
The community is looking to the leaseholder to work with government planners to achieve a development that suits the Curtin Group Centre’s urban village character and meets the Draft Master Plan and ACT Planning Regulations. It has been a year since the first proposal was rejected.
Jobs and viable businesses have been lost or disrupted because of the forced closures, and other businesses in the Centre are suffering. Nobody in government has looked out for these small businesses and jobs.
An intrusive fence around the building encroaches onto Curtin Square and squeezes pedestrians and other businesses in the pedestrian laneway. The ugly side of this action is that services to the community have been lost, and the redevelopment is no closer to starting.
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