I read this news update with bemusement…
Hillside Shopping Centre would undergo a $60-million expansion and renovation under a proposal heading for review at Victoria City Hall today.
Has anyone asked whether this is needed for the residents of Victoria? Expanding a mall?
I’ve got nothing against malls or their owners, but in a market where there is likely to be less disposable income it seems a little odd to be proposing a $60M upgrade to something requiring a good level of “play money”.
On the positive side, it seems that this may be more than just your typical skin-job upgrade, with the removal of some of the freestanding buildings, more trees, better stormwater management and hopefully a better integration of bus transit facilities. One question I’d be asking is whether the owners propose to increase the parking allocation for the expanded mall, or if they are going to encourage more transit usage. Another question would be the energy efficiency of the new construction.