Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

A FIVE- LEVEL unit and restau­rant project has been pro­posed for The Strand.

Devel­op­ers have given a sneak peek of what is planned by re­leas­ing this artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posal, called South Beach, which they hope will be ap­proved by Townsville City Coun­cil in com­ing weeks.

A Bris­bane- based direc­tor of Cardiff Law, Pe­ter Cardiff – a for­mer plan­ning direc­tor of the coun­cil – lodged a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of Syd­ney in­vestors in Jan­uary.

It is un­der­stood the in­vestors have con­tracted to buy the site, a 6000sq m par­cel of va­cant land next to the Seav­iew Ho­tel, con­sid­ered to be one of the best devel­op­ment sites in the city.

Mr Cardiff said the in­vestors were keen to get feed­back from po­ten­tial unit buy­ers and to be­gin con­struc­tion.

“They are think­ing that Townsville has been quiet for a while but that this is a good time to start look­ing at a project, par­tic­u­larly one like this on The Strand,” Mr Cardiff said.

“We have been con­vers­ing with hos­pi­tal­ity- type op­er­a­tors who would be able to take up com­mer­cial premises in the project and it’s been a rea­son­ably pos­i­tive re­sponse.”

Mr Cardiff said the project com­prised 41 apart­ments, mostly twobed­room units.

“The units are de­signed not to be op­u­lent – most are two- be­d­room,” Mr Cardiff said. “They should be priced from around $ 450,000 and go up from there.”

Com­mer­cial premises would be de­vel­oped at ground level fronting The Strand.

Mr Cardiff said a base­ment carpark could be de­vel­oped one level be­low ground on Mitchell St.

“On the Mitchell St side, there will be some more com­mer­cial uses, feed­ing into an ar­cade which links through to The Strand,” Mr Cardiff said.

Com­mer­cial uses could in­clude food and drink out­lets, cafes and restau­rants. Mr Cardiff said a pedes­trian cross­ing could link to the shop­ping cen­tre on Mitchell St.

The site has lan­guished un­de­vel­oped for more than a decade since the Tony Mooney- led coun­cil was un­der­stood to have told for­mer Cairns de­vel­oper Tom Hed­ley to with­draw a 10- storey pro­posal be­cause it was too high and at­tract­ing too many ob­jec­tions.

Mr Cardiff said they had changed their de­sign to ac­com­mo­date coun­cil re­quire­ments.

“We are hop­ing they make a de­ci­sion soon,” Mr Cardiff said.

RIGHT TIME: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the res­i­den­tial and restau­rant/ cafe project pro­posed for 52 The Strand.

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