During this time, some of the things that we heard from the community included:
- a desire to maintain a village feel and strong community connections
- a need for more greenery, open space, seating, shade, bicycle facilities, play areas
- opportunities to foster community connections between new and existing residents
- interest in the development of a community hub
- greater diversity of shops and restaurants
- increased night time/evening activities
- increased car parking.
These views were reflected in the Carnegie Structure Plan, which included a plan for a new market building to link in to the Library and the Koornang Road shops and to create a hub for residents.
We are still exploring what the future market building will look like but some of the things currently being explored are:
- a strong community focus, with opportunities for formal and informal connections
- a unique look and feel which represents the Carnegie community
- flexible to cater for a range of different activities and events and evolve over time
- leading the way in environmental design, technology and waste practices
- a precinct approach, with strong links between the market building, library and Koornang Road shops.
The permanent market building is still a few years away, but we've been working on plans to provide Carnegie with community space now.
To get started, we are creating an interim community space on the site of the former McKee's Furniture site. The space will have a flexible design which can accommodate a range of events and activities as well as providing an enjoyable community space for meeting and relaxing in the centre.
A similar space will be incorporated into the wider market precinct once it is developed, but in the meantime, it will provide the Carnegie community with much-needed community space and amenity and work towards achieving the goals of the future market building.