The Gold Coast Bulletin
ARCADE FACADE ALIVE
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”.