The Gold Coast Bulletin

ARCADE FACADE ALIVE

- PAUL WESTON

A GOLD Coast planning first where the heritage protected Old Burleigh Theatre will be retained in a new residentia­l tower is recommende­d for council approval.

The Bulletin can reveal council officers in a report are recommendi­ng councillor­s give the tick to a 14-level developmen­t proposed by Weiya Holdings on 1667sqm site fronting Goodwin Terrace and the Gold Coast Highway. New photograph­s to be provided to councillor­s on Wednesday show how the facade of the original building, protected by a temporary planning law, will be retained in the new residentia­l tower.

“The cultural significan­ce of the subject site has been considered and the developmen­t is considered to preserve the building’s cultural heritage significan­ce,” the officer’s report said.

“The proposed tower is considered to provide an excellent standard of appearance, and positively contribute to the local character and city image.”

In a critical finding, the council’s office of Architectu­re and Heritage had consistent views to those offered by planning officers.

The developmen­t applicatio­n received 86 objections and one letter of support. Deputy Mayor Donna Gates had earlier described council’s bid to save the theatre arcade a farce because there was “minimal evidence of original 1930s picture theatre”.

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 ??  ?? Councillor­s will today debate a new plan to retain the Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade as part of the site’s redevelopm­ent.
Councillor­s will today debate a new plan to retain the Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade as part of the site’s redevelopm­ent.

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