Work began on the property in January, and the firms expect tocomplete the expansion by the end of 2010. Charlestown, currentlyat three levels, is anchored by a Big W grocery store and Myer andTarget department stores.

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Besides adding to the project's retail offerings, GPT and LendLease will construct a lawn-bowling facility, football fields, ayouth center and a childcare venue.

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Sydney-based GPT owns 18 shopping centers in Australia andmanages another 13. It also owns 19 office assets, resort holdingsthroughout the country and about 25 senior-housing facilities inthe US around New England.

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Bovis Lend Lease is the design and project-management arm of theLend Lease Corp., which is based in Millers Point, New South Wales.Other Australian retail projects Bovis is undertaking include therenovation of the A$470-million Top Ryde shopping center in Sydneyand the expansion of the A$180-million Robina Town Centre on theGold Coast.

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