Plans unveiled for $150m retail and cinema complex that would transform Unley Road
Plans for a $150m apartment, entertainment and retail hub in Unley have been unveiled, including what would become the tallest building on Unley Road.
The heart of Unley would be transformed under a $150m plan to develop apartments, a cinema, offices, shops and cafes on a major site in the town centre.
To be known as Unley Central, the development will replace the current Target store on Unley Road, as well as an adjoining car park and the BarZaar bistro and function centre.
A nine-storey tower will accommodate around 50 apartments above the main retail, office and dining hub on Unley Road, while up to 80 apartments will feature in a second nine-storey building on Arthur Street.
The Unley Road building would become the tallest on the strip.
Local developer Catcorp will oversee the development on behalf of local businessman Patrick Ho, who owns the Target site and will retain ownership of the retail, office and entertainment complex.
Unley Mayor Michael Hewitson said Unley Central would become one of Adelaide’s premier retail, entertainment and residential destinations.
“Unley Central supports our goal to develop the Unley town centre to make it the city fringe retail and entertainment destination that it should be,” he said.
“All the while, we will do it in a way that respects the character and heritage of wider Unley. I am confident our community will welcome having entertainment facilities in Unley, a bigger and more competitive shopping centre, a greater diversity of shops and an increase in places to eat out.”
The project is the first major development proposed for the Unley Central precinct since a development plan amendment (DPA) for the area was signed off in 2017, allowing for development of up to nine storeys.
More than 500 basement and aboveground car parks will be made available, including around 90 for residents, while around 50 new trees will more than double tree canopy coverage on the site, Mr Hewitson said.
Catcorp managing director Anthony Catinari said a cinema operator, medical services providers and hospitality tenants had already been secured for the project, which would create more than 1000 full‐time jobs during construction and more than 300 ongoing jobs.
Talks are also ongoing with existing tenants including Target about opportunities to reopen in the new development, while national and international retailers, a wellness centre, supermarket and flexible offices are also planned for the precinct.
“As a proud Unley local, I want to help create something of value in my community,” Mr Catinari said.
“We didn’t want to create another square box, so that’s why we’ve used a bit of European design to create something a little bit different.
“There’s a boulevard feel with all the arches at the front and then it sets back within to encourage outdoor dining.”
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So glad to see that Target Unley is going but as mentioned above, the cinema inclusion is questionable. Why has it become a thing where whenever there is a suburban retail development they throw in a cinema for measure? The cinema industry was already struggling in the lead up to the COVID outbreak but has since been crippled by the restrictions and such so the demand for what we already have here in Adelaide lives in question, to add to that is stupid. Not to mention Mitcham is just up the road, which even if they secured Palace Nova cinemas, Wallis Cinemas Mitcham still offer everything in the way arthouse, National Theatre live etc. Would rather see a new Coles go in this development and Unley Shopping Centre proceed with their longterm plan of converting Coles into a Dan Murphy's.
Cinema is not needed really but what I would like to see is something akin to what I saw in Sydney, Macquarie Shopping Centre - an ice skating rink. It would be right fit here and fun for all. Since Unley has no electronics stores, something like Jaycar would be good.
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