DA UPDATE FOR TOWERS

AN updated Development Application for Castle Towers will be resubmitted to Hills Shire Council within the next few months.

Castle Towers Centre Manager, Eddie Paynter, confirmed that QIC Global Real Estate (QIC GRE) was preparing to resubmit a Development Application (DA) for Castle Towers saying it would “deliver” on the company’s longterm vision for the shopping centre.

The shopping centre at Castle Hill is part of QIC’s $1billion lifestyle masterplan for the town centre.

Mr Paynter told the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News this week: “As part of our ongoing planning approach for the future of Castle Towers, this refined DA is simply an administrative action, allowing us to resubmit a slightly refined DA to council in the coming months.

“This DA still reflects our plans to deliver on our long-term vision and strategy for the Centre through a multi-staged development approach, with a focus on delivering a mix of uses and experiential retail,” he said.

“We remain committed to transforming Castle Towers, over a multi-year horizon, into a Town Centre that integrates everyday experiences and fulfils our community’s wholelife needs, and this refined DA reflects our plan to deliver this in a responsible manner which minimises impacts for the Centre and the local community.“

The redevelopment of Castle Towers commenced in March 2018.

Castle Towers unveiled its $180 million stage one extension, linking Castle Towers to the Castle Hill Metro station, in December last year.

At the time QIC Global Real Estate managing director Michael O’Brien said it was part of QIC’s vision to transform Castle Towers into a “next generation” destination.

“As stewards of this important piece of community infrastructure for almost 30 years, Castle Towers is not only one of Australia’s top 10 performing super regional malls, but a town centre which locals can proudly call their own and feel is a key part of the fabric of the Hills community,” Mr O’Brien said.

Work on the final stages of the $180m expansion have continued this year, with upgrade works in the central void areas of Levels 2 and 3 nearing completion.

A spokesman said: “The majority of tiling works are finished, balustrades are currently being installed, and we will soon see ceiling works commence and planting come to life. Additionally, the major rejuvenation of The Piazza dining precinct is progressing well, with painting and tiling continuing and steel framing for the roof that will enclose the precinct now installed.”

Mr Paynter said this week: “At this stage, it is still too early to confirm any further details, but we sincerely look forward to sharing more information with our local community as we reach key planning milestones.”

Some 18 million customers visit Castle Towers each year.

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