GRAND ON THE STRAND

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACK­HOUSE

DE­VEL­OP­ERS have re­ceived ap­proval for a five- storey unit and res­tau­rant com­plex on The Strand and are also eye­ing off a sec­ond stage that could reach seven storeys.

Townsville City Coun­cil on Thurs­day ap­proved the mul­ti­ple dwelling – and food and drink out­let pro­ject at 52 The Strand.

The 40- unit devel­op­ment is planned for land next to the Seav­iew Ho­tel.

The ap­proved plans in­clude 12 food and drink out­lets and a five- storey build­ing on The Strand.

A one- storey build­ing will be con­structed in Mitchell St.

Car park­ing will be pro­vided in a base­ment level be­low the precinct.

An ar­cade packed with re­tail out­lets will pro­vide pedes­tri­ans di­rect ac­cess to both Mitchell St and The Strand through the cen­tre of the devel­op­ment.

Three food and drink out­lets will be lo­cated on The Strand at ground level and there will be four sim­i­lar out­lets with frontage to Mitchell St. Five food and drink out­lets will be lo­cated inside the ar­cade.

An es­ca­la­tor inside the build­ing will al­low pedes­tri­ans ac­cess to both ar­eas due to the to­pog­ra­phy dif­fer­ence of the two streets.

The food and drink out­lets will range be­tween 36sq m and 299sq m and will fea­ture shared ameni­ties.

There will be 18 two- bed­room units and 20 two- bed- room units with stud­ies along with two fur­ther three bed­room units.

The Bulletin un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to con­tact the de­vel­oper – Bris­bane- based di­rec­tor of Cardiff Law Peter Cardiff – a for­mer plan­ning di­rec­tor of the coun­cil who lodged a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of Syd­ney in­vestors.

The plans re­veal the fu­ture am­bi­tions of the de­vel­oper which in­clude a sec­ond stage.

That stage would reach “four or pos­si­bly seven storeys” above the Mitchell St side of the pro­ject, as doc­u­ments state.

The Bulletin un­der­stands an amend­ment would need to be made to the coun­cil’s plan­ning scheme to al­low the seven- storey sec­tion of the pro­posal to be ap­proved.

No such plans to amend the scheme have been made pub­lic.

An in­ter­nal drive­way has been in­cluded in the pro­posal to al­low for the fu­ture devel­op­ment to oc­cur.

Mr Cardiff told the Bulletin in July the pro­ject was com­prised mostly of two- bed­room units.

“The units are de­signed not to be op­u­lent,” Mr Cardiff said.

“They should be priced from around $ 450,000 and go up from there.”

The site has re­mained un­de­vel­oped for more than 10 years since the Tony Mooneyled 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.

AP­PROVED: An artist's im­pres­sion of the res­i­den­tial and res­tau­rant/ cafe pro­ject pro­posed for 52 The Strand.

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