Twin tow­ers get sec­ond chance

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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.”

Main pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d480742

Vera Raf­ferty, Monty Raf­fety, Har­ri­son Wil­liams and Archie Ton­cich at the new fore­shore devel­op­ment.

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