East-side shopping precinct Burnside Village is expected to undergo a $350 million two-stage upgrade later this year, under a proposal set to create 1790 jobs in South Australia.
Village owners the Cohen Group has lodged plans with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure that could see work on the 10-year project begin later this year.
The project is expected to inject $297 million annually into the local economy and aims to position the village as SA’s “premier retail, lifestyle, food, beverage and leisure destination”.
Up to 130 specialty stores will be established, including international and national fashion brands, while an expanded fresh food space will also be built across two stages of development.
The first stage will focus on the northern end of the precinct and include a three-storey building along Greenhill Road, 80 new specialty stores spread across two levels as well as a rooftop alfresco dining area and a “luxury cinema” on the top storey.
Office accommodation and commercial spaces for health and wellness centres could also be built, along with 500 new undercover parking spaces. If approved, this first stage is expected to be completed by late 2021.
The Cohen Group is then looking to extend the village’s footprint further south, with plans to build a new mall entry along Portrush Road, a new supermarket and fresh food precinct and potential for a further 50 new retail outlets.
Improved open-air walkways and 350 new parking spaces would also be welcomed in the second stage, which would be completed between 2025 – 2028 depending on approvals and the success of the first stage of development.
Lush, landscaped areas would be built throughout both parts of the development, with potted plants, vines and leafy green walkways set to beautify the centre.
The Cohen family – who first opened the mall in 1972 – says the proposal has been based on three years of consultation and research with shoppers, retailers, community leaders and the Burnside Council.
The second-generation family business is hopeful the mall will “evolve into a place where people want to shop, dine and spend time with family,” while also creating a retail and lifestyle destination that is “truly unique in SA”.
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