A $45 million expansion of Caroline Springs’ shopping hub is set to breathe new life into the centre of town by next year.

Melton council approved a proposed 6500 square metre development of CS Square which will include the addition of a Woolworths supermarket, large format discount store, car wash, more than 10 specialty stores and a new parents’ room.

CS Square has served the main shopping centre for the municipality’s east since 2004 and presently has 60 stores.

Construction is due to begin this month on the development which will introduce another 15 retailers to the mix.

Centre manager Rod Kennedy said the expansion would enhance the centre’s existing grocery offer, along with a range of specialty stores and services to the local community.

“This will be the second development since the centre opened in 2004,” Mr Kennedy said.

“We have also invested in many internal upgrades such as lighting and a new colour scheme to refresh the existing centre.

“This is an exciting time for us and a significant investment by the owners. We are proud to be part of the Caroline Springs community and look forward to delivering a new retail offer and experience to our valued customers.

“CS Square is one of the leading shopping destinations for Melton East and this development will further enhance the retail offer and experience for our valued customers.”

Mr Kennedy said he hoped to see the expansion completed by early 2019.

Better pedestrian access near Aldi and additional carparking spaces on the vacant land north of CS Square are also planned.

Melton mayor Bob Turner said he welcomed the development.

“Caroline Springs is a strong and growing area and this expansion of CS Square reflects the growing population and needs of the community,” Cr Turner said.

“Melton council is excited that Lendlease is taking steps towards its next development.”

Details: www.cssquare.com.au