Apprehension over Treetops tower plan
A GOLD Coast city leader has been left “gobsmacked” after plans were unveiled for a 20-storey tower in Burleigh Waters.
Developer Rayjon Group wants to build a residential high-rise overlooking the Treetops shopping centre as part of a long-term plan to redevelop the site.
The $350 million retail and dining precinct on the corner of Bermuda St and Reedy Creek Rd was approved in 2016 and will create a town centre which will ultimately feature cafes, offices and units.
But not everyone is happy. Area councillor Hermann Vorster has slammed the proposal as being inappropriate for an area which is primarily residential.
“I am completely in the dark about this proposal and I can only assume the community is also in the same position,” he said.
“I have an extreme apprehension about the height and density of such a project at this location and have fears a new residential precinct will have no sense of community and almost no access to meaningful open space.
“While I have not been provided the courtesy of a copy of these plans, I see little practical possibility that a high-rise at this location would be in keeping with the character of the area residents expect.”
The proposed tower would be built on the site of an existing carpark.
It would have 63 units and 150 bedrooms across 18 residential levels, plus a recreation deck and gym in its podium.
Its 64.8m height is more than double the 30m height limit for the area as set out in the City Plan.
However, in documents filed with the council this week, planners for the developer argue that its podium is smaller than the limit for this part of the project and that it would provide an “appropriate” transition between the surrounding lower rise buildings and the tower.
Cr Vorster’s position was yesterday criticised by the Main Beach Association as being inconsistent with his support for a controversial 20-storey tower which council approved despite community protests.
“It is a bit rich to criticise this one – there are plenty of similarities between what happened in Main Beach and this one,” Association president David Hutley said.
“I feel sorry for the people around there.”
But Cr Vorster defended his position and said the tower was inappropriate.
“This development appears very different to recent approvals which are all close to everything that makes the Gold Coast so great – be it the parks, foreshores and the beach itself,” he said.
“West Burleigh is not the coastal strip.
“Impressions I have seen suggests this tower would stick out like a sore thumb.”
An artist’s impression of a proposed tower put forward by developer Rayjon for a Burleigh Waters site overlooking Treetops Plaza.