Twin towers get second chance
A PROPOSAL for a twin towers development in Scarborough has been given a second chance.
Developer 3 Oceans has submitted revised plans for its ‘Iconic Scarborough’ hotel and apartment buildings following mediation with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
The authority refused its original application in December but it was referred to the State Administrative Tribunal.
It previously proposed 43-storey and 35-storey buildings but the shorter tower is now planned for 38 storeys.
Premier Mark McGowan gave his support to the development, saying it was “the sort of thing we need”.
“I’m excited by the development; it’s jobs, jobs, jobs, life, excitement, vitality, more people here to enjoy and experience restaurants and cafes,” he said.
The towers would comprise a 148-room hotel, 324 apartments and 750-bay carpark, which includes public parking.
The first two floors are for retail and hospitality businesses, while the ground floor would be used for a central plaza and market hall.
It would also feature a convention centre and a restaurant or bar and exhibition space.
Acting chief executive Sean Henriques said the authority would assess the plans, with the first stage of the process to seek public comment and stakeholder feedback.
“The application will be assessed against the Scarborough Design Guidelines, expert design review panel evaluation and stakeholder and community feedback,” he said.
“Previous public submissions for applicants on this site will not be considered, so it is important that those who wish to have their views counted make a new and separate written submission.”
A recommendation will be made to the Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee before final determination by the authority board.
3 Oceans director Dyno Zhang described the mediation process as “collaborative and productive” and said they had worked hard to address concerns.
“The overall size of the project has been reduced, with the revised design seeing slender towers and additional landscaped public space,” he said.
“We are pleased to announce that the refreshed proposal will have a greater focus on tourism.”
Vera Rafferty, Monty Raffety, Harrison Williams and Archie Toncich at the new foreshore development.