A community hub – Mosman Civic Centre

Mosman Council is the largest property owner in Spit Junction. As part of the Masterplan a separate feasibility study is being undertaken to determine the future of the sites owned by the Council.

A Mosman Civic Centre, Meals on wheels, aged and disability services
B The Village Green
C Council carpark
D Mosman library and Youth Centre
E Mosman Community Development Department
F Shop (Accoutrement)
G Shops (Street level) and Residential units (first floor)

What types of buildings, services and activities do you think should be provided on the Council owned sites?

What kind of development and services do you think are suitable for Spit Junction?

What type of buildings would you like to see in the Civic Centre?

To help us get started, tell us what you think of this design for a Civic Centre building.

Have you seen any good examples of civic buildings incorporating community services such as libraries, galleries, places for social interaction and residential accommodation?

Let us know.

On February 1st, 2012, posted in: Civic Centre Feasibility Study, The People's Junction by
11 Responses to A community hub – Mosman Civic Centre
  1. Library – BIGGER! The feel of the library is great now, and it would be nice to see the light and airy, but cosy feel carried over into a new building. Maybe a coffee shop connected? More space for community and local study exhibitions. A larger space for reading and studying, not just the items themselves.

  2. At the moment there is a disjointed feel to the services offered by Council, with library, art gallery, council customer service and child care spread out to all four corners. A consolidation of these core and popular arms of Council would create a further sense of community, deliver continuity, and generate a tremendous atmosphere for employees.

    Parking around this hub is as important as the architectural integrity of the building itself. Preferably undercover, 2-3 levels would be a minimum, but very expensive of course.

  3. I love the combined civic/library building on Crown Street Surry Hills. Anything would be an improvement on the drab red brick building that currently houses the Mosman library! Increased density along Spit Road could bring more residents and much needed vitality to Mosman. Pavements also desperately need improvement – new pavers along the lines of the Double Bay pavers (or better) could improve the area dramatically!

  4. North Shore Pat
    02/03/2012 at 6:16 pm

    I like the library, it seems well matched to the size of the community

  5. The library is fantastic but it desperately needs more space. Printed books are still in fashion and rapidly outgrowing the available space to house them.

  6. Greg Carmichael
    23/06/2012 at 10:50 pm

    The Council owned sites provide the perfect site for a major, well located – Westfield standard – parking area underground. This needs to be operated on a commercial free 2/3 hours and incremental fees for beyond that to enable people to spend money in the retail area.
    In addition the Council site provides the perfect supermarket site as the reality is the retail centre simply cannot survive long term without an appropriate modern supermarket.
    This is a once in a lifetime chance to leverage the Council owned sites and lock in two fundamentals for the future that are comparable uses for a civic centre. In terms of look and feel for such a space I would reference Cammeray Square which is the Stockland shopping centre in Cammeray.
    With regards to the library there are many good Australian designed libraries. The Surry Hills library is one that comes to mind but it fits well into a traditional townscape.

    • I am sorry Greg – I completely disagree. The Bridgepoint complex is the best place for the supermarket with its associated market and other local food stores. A Westfield-type development with a Coles or Woolworths on the Town Hall site would be a travesty and ruin the village character of the area, as would a Stockland style shopping area.

  7. What about utilising airspace above the Military and Spit Road junctions to create new council chambers and some residential space and pedestrian thoroughfare. Similar concept to what they have built over Chatswood railway station. This then leaves the roadway pedestrian free and plenty of room for buses/public transport. Retail then has to be developed backing onto this tunnel, so that they then face outwards into the civic areas. Current space used by council can then be developed into civic areas with less pollution and noise from the increased traffic.

    Creating a new and larger library – how relevant will this be in 20 to 30 years time when this new civic plan is proposed.

  8. Eleanor Putnam
    16/07/2012 at 4:11 pm

    I would like to see Boronia returned to community use. Maybe the before and after-hours children’s programme, currently without a central home, could be run there, with the children’s library upstairs. I can’t accept knocking down the present library after its comparatively short lifetime — waste of ratepayers’ money.
    I think we should avoid closing off any more streets (e.g.Clifford St.) because each closure means cars on the streets for longer, more pollution, more congestion.What would it cost to send Spit Jnc. traffic underground? That is the one thing that would make the whole Junction more people-friendly. We should try to attract more of the kind of shops that used to have people shopping at the Junction, e.g.hardware, banks, etc. There are more than enough boutiques and coffee shops.
    The Council Chambers themselves need to be made more user-friendly. Surely there is no need for the barriers that have been erected to stop anyone having direct access to Council staff?
    And the Community Centre needs to have its facilities extended, not narrowed. An Art Gallery is fine and well, but the agreed title “Mosman Community and Cultural Centre” has been lost along the way. If you visit the Kirribilli or McMahon’s Point centres you get a real vibe of community concerns which is missing from ours.

  9. Eleanor Putnam
    19/07/2012 at 3:49 pm

    I’m also horrified at the thought of yet more loss of public space — the “Green” and open-air car park — to an 8-storey, privately owned apartment block.


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