Work kicks off on redevelopment of Hunter Street mall as Iris Capital CEO Sam Arnaout and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes turn first sod

Work kicks off on redevelopment of Hunter Street mall BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown
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BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

BUILDING: Tuesday marked the start of construction on the East End development in the former David Jones building in Newcastle. Picture: Jessica Brown

UNITED FRONT: Iris chief executive Sam Arnaout, UrbanGrowth NSW program director Michael Cassel and Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes last November. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebookIris Capital’s CEO Sam Arnaout talks about construction of the East End development in the former DJ’s store in Newcastle pic.twitter老域名出售/pVtHykjJt7

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It’s understood some of the apartments are still for sale, but Iris Capital representatives would not be drawn on what proportion remained unsold.

The workwill also feature an open piazza, a pedestrian link from Perkins to Wolfe Street and basement car parking for 295 cars.

Mr Arnaout and Councillor Nelmesdownplayed concerns over the effect construction may have on existing businesses and worsening traffic congestion in the CBD, as well asthe squeeze on parking once the new apartments arrive.

“Wewill always work with the community to minimise any impact, but with any development there are going tobe levels of disruption at points in time,” Mr Arnaout said.

“I work in and around the city and I can always find a park,” Cr Nelmes added.“The park and ride we’ve set up also at Broadmeadow has taken hundreds of commuter car parks out of the city.”

Cr Nelmes arguedthat if people encountered congestion on King Street, they should use other routes to enter the CBD.

“Be smart about it, if you’re local and you know the streets,” she said, stressing that people needed to“stop talking the city down.”

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Hunter Street mall redevelopmentResidential apartments in stage one of the East End redevelopmentRemembering Hunter’s history, shops, arcades and malls | photosA community consultation panel has been set up to manage the effect of the construction works, includingrepresentatives of Iris Capital and council officers.

The mall redevelopment has been split into four stages. The first stage will see a building constructed on thecorner of King and Perkins Street, along with Washington House on Hunter Streetand Fabric House on Wolfe Street.

All three are expected to be completed within about three months of each other.

Iris Capital, a Sydney-based development company, purchased the 1.66 hectare mallsite from UrbanGrowth and GPT in late 2016.

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