Renew Newcastle is designed to bring life back to the Newcastle CBD by allowing artists, artisans, craftspeople and community groups to undertake quality projects in otherwise empty buildings. It is a strategy designed to turn around decades of decay through high quality, low capital creative and place making projects.
Renew Newcastle relies on the support of property owners who have vacant buildings within the Newcastle CBD to make them available for this project. Property owners can define the terms they wish to make a building available on, select the project that takes place in them, and can participate on either a long term or short term basis.
Our legal advisors, Sparke Helmore have designed simple template license agreements to make it as easy as possible for property owners to participate. Property owners can make a property available to Renew Newcastle on either a fixed term basis (until a future redevelopment for example) or on a rolling basis (typically 30 days at a time) until you find a commercial tenant. In the interim, Renew Newcastle will undertake basic maintenance, remove graffiti, and ensure that the buildings is an asset rather than a liability to the quality of the streetscape surrounding it.
Renew Newcastle will hold comprehensive insurances, has a professional and diverse board overseeing the project, and will to work with you to ensure that the building is matched to a use that is appropriate and adds value to the building and its surrounds.
If you have a property or can assist with brokering access to a property, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ARE YOU A NEWCASLE CBD PROPERTY OWNER? OR AN AGENT SEEKING COMMERCIAL TENANTS FOR A PROPERTY?
Is your property vacant? Want to increase the commercial viability of the CBD and ultimately help revitalise and renew the city?
Renew Newcastle is helping to solve the problem of an empty Newcastle CBD and wants to generate more activity by activating your building at no cost to you.
Our scheme has demonstrated that by increasing activity in the neighbourhood, it becomes more attractive to commercial tenants. Creating a more vibrant commercial hub in the city centre, generates ongoing interest in Newcastle and improves Newcastle’s reputation. Ultimately this means a better value investment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR YOU:
• Your building is being looked after and used which will help minimise crime, graffiti and vandalism of your property.
• Stimulating business and activity in and around your building will contribute to a more desirable neighbourhood and help to attract longer term prospects. It is hard to lease an empty, boarded-up space covered in graffiti. Or in the case of a new property – who wants to be the first tenant in an empty block?
• We have access to funds to contribute towards minor building works. (That’s real capital improvement of your asset)
• We take care of and pay for basic maintenance and provide Public Liability Insurance, basic property insurance (glass repair) and most outgoings.
• Could mean tax and insurance benefits for you, depending on your circumstances.
SOME FACTS ABOUT US:
• Short term rolling agreements with a 30 day notice period which allow for easy vacation when required
• Our enterprises will use your building depending on size and condition for a range of cultural, creative and community purposes.
• All enterprises fall under the responsibility of Renew Newcastle.
Type of Property
We work with all types of vacant space from new and refurbished A Grade property to C- and D- Grade space which might need some TLC to make it commercially viable. We find uses for commercial, retail and mixed-use property.
Your property can stay actively on the market For Lease or For Sale, with easy access for viewing by potential tenants or buyers.
If you get a commercial tenant – we move out with 30 days notice.
Perfect if you are awaiting Development Approval and don’t know when to expect to start your redevelopment – we move out with 30 days notice.
Type of Owner
No property owner is too big or too small – our current and past property partners include developers like The GPT Group and The McCloy Group; individual investors with one or two properties; and the NSW Government. Read more from a landlord’s perspective in this interview with GPT’s David Sleet.
Type of Uses
We will find budding creative enterprise, cultural activity or community groups to act as custodian of the property. These types of enterprises offer unique, local products which don’t compete with existing businesses, but provide a point of difference for the Newcastle city centre, making it a more attractive destination.
• For commercial office or showroom space we find Creative Industries professionals such as graphic designers, web developers, architects, interior designers and digital media artists who are usually desk based and in need of space in order to develop or test their business idea.
• Commercial offices may also be suitable for writers, publishers, illustrators, printmakers, and other visual artists for studio practice.
• For retail space we find local people who make the things that they sell to set up retail shops for fashion, childrens wear, homewares, jewellery or Galleries for photography, contemporary art and installation, sound art or indigenous art.
If you have a property anywhere in the Newcastle CBD area, we would love to talk to you. Our brief is to activate empty space along Hunter and King Streets, from Pacific Street in the East End to Tudor St in the West End, and all the streets in between. This includes Honeysuckle.
We will work with you to satisfy concerns you might have about coming on board, or find solutions to any barriers. So far we have safely occupied 51 properties in the Newcastle CBD, and worked with 10 property partners.
Contact us today
M: 0418 477 156
IMPORTANTIf you are have a creative business or project and are seeking space for your initiative, please do not contact us here. All the information about Getting Involved and opportunities to apply to be part of the Renew Newcastle initiative is on the Project Applications page. The Property Co-ordinator cannot help you locate a specific property for your project, as discussed in the FAQs.