CONSTRUCTION on Tipalea Partners’ $35 million Glebe Hill Village retail centre has officially kicked off with a soil turning ceremony.
Located at the intersection of the South Arm Highway and Pass Road in Howrah, Glebe Hill Village is the first new neighbourhood shopping centre to be developed in metropolitan Hobart in more than a decade.
It is already 90 per cent leased with just four vacant stores remaining.
Anchor tenants include Coles and a drive through McDonald’s.
Acquired by Tipalea in 2016, the site is in close proximity to several new residential estates on the Eastern Shore.
The retail centre is set to create around 200 jobs during construction and more than 350 jobs once the centre opens.
Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the Glebe Hill Village Shopping Centre would be a welcome addition to the rapidly growing community and provide numerous services vital to the Clarence Plains area.
“This development will provide a significant benefit for the growing area of Clarence Plains, which we predict will grow to a population of more than 20,000 people and become a satellite city in its own right in another 10 years’ time,” he said.
“It will help ensure we have more infrastructure and services in place to meet the needs of this booming area.”
Tipalea Partners chief executive officer Scott Spanton said he was excited to work with Tasmanian contractors Fairbrother on construction.
“Glebe Hill Village will bring high quality retail variety, convenience and jobs to residents, and it’s been wonderful to see the immense interest and support from the local community and council,” he said.
Along with Coles and McDonald’s, the 5,900 square metre Glebe Hill Village shopping centre will consist of 18 other speciality shops in an air-conditioned mall with 260 car spaces.
It is also set to become Hobart’s most connected retail centre with a suite of innovative smart tech features including its own app, free wireless phone charging and wi-fi, real time air quality monitoring, smart bathrooms that monitor water usage, parcel lockers, recycling stations and EV chargers.
Other retailers secured so far include Australia Post, a chemist and medical centre, Subway, Sushi Train, Pizzarazzi, a nail salon, bakery, bottle shop, massage parlour and phone repairs.
Glebe Hill Village is due to open in September 2022.
To follow the progress of Glebe Hill Village, visit www.glebehillvillage.com.au or the Facebook page.