Many of our blog readers and people enquiring about moving to Tasmania are interested in the regions known as the Huon Valley and the Channel area south of Hobart. Kingston is the regions major commercial centre (we live in Kingston Beach and it is great) but Margate it seems could be looking forward to bigger things also.

From the Mercury Newspaper:

Kalis close to green light for Margate shopping complex

A multi-million-dollar shopping complex project proposed for Margate looks set to begin in the next few months.

Developer E Kalis Properties is going through the building approval process with the Kingborough Council.

In July 2012 the council granted the Hobart developer, which is also behind the Myer redevelopment, a planning permit to build a shopping complex on the
Channel Highway in central Margate.

In May the Mercury reported the project did not yet have a start date. At the time, Kalis Group spokeswoman Alexia Kalis said she could not give any start date.

The Margate hardware store will go to make way for the shopping centre development.

The developer received a $15 million commercial loan from the State Government last month, plus an undisclosed sum from the Hobart City Council for construction of the $100 million Myer Icon Complex.

Advertising for retail and office tenants for the Margate development has begun through LJ Hooker Hobart Commercial. Property consultant Mark Devine said the project was exciting for the Channel region.

“It’s a vote of confidence and commitment from the Kalis Group, on top of the Myer development, to the community,” Mr Devine said.

“They are pretty keen to get going. They have a reasonable parcel of land, a ribbon development on the street front which will probably be the first stage
of what they hope will enable them over a long period of time to extend the development to the whole block.”

The complex proposed ­includes two two-storey buildings facing Channel Highway and containing about 16 shops and offices. It also includes one large tenancy with floor space of about 2500m2, and a carpark with more than 200 spaces.

The site is next to the Margate Tavern, and encompasses the hardware store, pharmacy, hairdresser and a heritage-­listed building.

The firm behind the design is Architects Designhaus, which is co-directed by Richard Crawford, who is linked to the Myer redevelopment.

The Mercury has contacted Kalis Properties for comment.