Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre is to get a $36.9m upgrade with a gym, medical centre, more shops, an Aldi and extra car spaces in the mix for the new-look centre.
The revamp of the centre which was built in 1989, includes demolishing the existing childcare centre and expanding the overall floorspace from 11,200 sq m to 18, 897 sq m to accommodate the new facilities which include adding on a first floor level to house offices.
There are 65 shops there now and that number is expected to increase.
The car park is set for an overhaul too, with 170 more spaces, better entrance and exit for the car park and improved layout.
Some locals are worried though about the upgrade, including the President of Cherrybrook Resident’s Association and newly elected independent Hornsby councillor Vince del Gallego.
“It’s going to change the whole site – I hope it’s not going to become a big monstrosity like in Beecroft,” said Vince. “The council will need to keep a close eye on it.
“The provision of additional and varied retail outlets is a positive one but qualified by concerns that the completed two storey development may disturb quaint attributes of our local village atmosphere and landscape.
“Also a wide, high wall fronting Shepherds Drive as a result of the extended car park may become quite an eyesore.
“And more shoppers will cause more road congestion. But it’s my understanding that steps will be taken to mitigate this with enhanced landscaping as well as traffic control signals in the intersection of Shepherds Drive and Kenburn Avenue.”
Work on the car park is due to start in November. A date for the centre upgrade is yet to be determined.