Major Developments for City’s North-West in 2019
It’s been a big year for developments in city’s north-west
Glenn Roberts, North-West News
December 28, 2018 6:00am
Big plans were revealed for key sites in the north west during 2018 in a sign Brisbane’s development boom was not restricted to CBD and the inner suburbs.
Development news was off to a flying start in January when the North-West News revealed plans for a massive residential complex in the commercial and retail heart of Everton Park, including two 16-storey towers.
Rogerscorp lodged a material change of use application with Brisbane City Council to allow five buildings with a mix of commercial and residential uses, to be built in five stages at 35 Woolworths St (beside Woolworths).
But by mid-year, the 16-storey buildings had been slashed to nine-storeys after criticism by Brisbane City Council planners. But this was still two-storeys more than allowed in the location.
A decision has yet to be made.
An artist’s impression of the original Rogerscorp proposal for 35 Woolworths St, Everton Park.
In April, Bunnings long-waited Keperra Warehouse opened, bringing a 300m-long hardware supermarket and about 100 full-time equivalent jobs to the region.
The 17,000 sqm Warehouse in Settlement Rd is one of Bunnings’ larger outlets, and is almost 30 per cent bigger than its 13,000 sqm Stafford Warehouse.
In August Honeycombes Property Group lodged plans for a $99.6 million retail and residential development in the car park of the Ferny Grove railway station.
The proposal includes a supermarket, 13,434 sqm of retail and commercial space, cinemas and 64 residential units.
It would also add 759 commuter parking spaces for station patrons.
Brisbane City Council is still assessing the application.
In September, Brisbane City Council approved two 10-storey buildings beside Kedron Brook in Northmore St, Mitchelton, despite several objections from the public.
Those submissions raised issues such as the impact of traffic on Osbourne Rd, especially at the level crossing, the potential impact on flooding of Kedron Brook, the loss of sport and recreation land and the visual impact of the buildings.
Store manager Wayne Loft and homewares team member Leisha Robinson at the new Bunnings Warehouse Keperra before its opening in April. Photo: Glenn Roberts
Traders in Purple, the company behind Wilshire Village, said it would cater for everyone from toddlers to the elderly and those with disabilities in a “whole-of-life” precinct.
Still waiting for a decision by the council is Lanberg Development’s proposal for a 15-storey tower on Osbourne Rd, Mitchelton.
The 212 two-bedroom unit complex is proposed for seven lots at 3-5 McConaghy St and 66-74 Osborne Rd, opposite Mitchelton railway station.
Another massive housing estate looks set to go ahead, with Bunnings dropping its appeal against Brookfield Residential Properties (BRP) plans for the Keperra quarry.
But the development could be delayed as BRP subsequently put the site on the market.
BRP’s $313 million plan, approved by the Brisbane City Council on October 31, 2017, included 700 homes and a 3000sq m shopping centre on the 48.6ha Samford Rd site.