One of Orange's largest shopping centres will be re-branded as The Village on Summer Street as part of a $1.6 million upgrade.
The owner of the Summer Centre complex, Sydney company BMPS 88, is planning a new facade, signage and internal alterations.
A development application has been lodged with Orange City Council and is currently on public exhibition until Tuesday April 13.
The aim is to improve its presentation [and] activate its eastern edgeDA to Orange City Council
It states the proposed work was being done to complement the company's $25 million 98-room hotel/motel and shops complex on Summer Street which has already gained planning approval.
A key part of the redevelopment is the removal of several trees against a wall on the eastern side which would be opened up with new 'glazed shopfronts' and an outdoor seating area.
It said the four trees were 'introduced species.'
"Retention of these trees is not possible," the DA states.
"A key aim of the proposed development is to activate the eastern wall of the centre by providing new shopfronts that open onto external seating areas.
"In the context of the recently approved [hotel] development, it is considered an appropriate juncture to undertake an upgrade of the shopping centre building itself.
"The aim is to improve its presentation, activate its eastern edge and to achieve an appropriate visual and operational nexus between the existing and future development within the Summer Centre precinct."
The front of the centre will see existing awnings removed and shopfronts refreshed.
Planter boxes will be placed as a border between the outdoor sitting areas and the car park.
Apart from large Village on Summer Street branding the work will seek to unify the appearance of the whole complex.
A new amenities block will also be constructed at the centre.
The DA said the existing centre complex's appearance lacked harmony.
"The Dan Murphy's tenancy at the western edge of the shopping centre presents as a somewhat separate building with a different facade treatment and colour scheme," it said.
"The building offers little to no activation along its eastern side where it presents to a customer car park. In this regard, the east elevation comprises a relatively long brick wall and a series of solid doors, interrupted only by a secondary entrance door that provides corridor access from the eastern car park to the centre."
It said extra car parking spaces were not required.
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