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Classic Brisbane politics - an 8 storey tower is proposed in an area filled with other mid-rise units, on a site less than 400m from a ferry terminal and 500m from a train station, with one of Brisbane's better on-road bikeways right outside the building and only a couple of hundred metres from a continuous off-road cycleway all the way into the City, and the Greens are questioning it on grounds of transport infrastructure o_O
 

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Couriermail.com.au--->Mosaic Property tower to be 80-to-90 per cent sold by October launch: founder

Mosaic Property tower to be 80-to-90 per cent sold by October launch: founder
It’s not even on the market yet, but this 16-storey luxury apartment project with a profile so slim it took architects 20 attempts to crack the design has been fast-tracked as units sell quickly. GET

Thomas Morgan, Urban Affairs reporter, The Courier-Mail
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September 1, 2020 2:13pm

Construction of a sleek luxury tower on Brisbane’s westside has been fast-tracked, with developer Mosaic Property claiming its units are likely to be 90 per cent sold by October.

The 16-storey tower is the latest in a series of projects by the southeast Queensland-based developer to push ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with apartments to be released to the market on October 1.

“We’re already 65 per cent sold (in pre-sales),” Mosaic founder and managing director Brook Monahan said of the tower’s 66 units.

“By the time it gets to market in October, we’ll be somewhere between 80 to 90 per cent sold.”

Mosaic’s other project, Sinclair in East Brisbane, is now over 80 per cent sold and will start construction this week.

Renders provided exclusively to The Courier-Mail show The Patterson’s rooftop pool and sundeck, with the tower’s “challenging” design and site taking architects Rothelowman 20 attempts to get right.

Mr Monahan claimed the blockbuster sales showed confidence in Brisbane’s real estate market was improving, especially in the “premium downsizer market.”

"The overall picture is incrementally improving,” Mr Monahan said.

“Most people are starting to realise it’s not the end of the world, it’s not apocalyptic.”

The tower is also in a sentimental spot for Mosaic Property, with Mr Monahan saying its site was formerly Mosaic’s first Brisbane headquarters 17 years ago.

He said it was one of Brisbane’s most in-demand suburbs.

“It’s got rail, bus, river CityCats, a shopping centre, probably the best university right next door in Saint Lucia,” he said.
 

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Have they made major changes since the original design earlier in the year to please public and council?
 

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A FULL marketing campaign will be launched early next year after the Brisbane City Council this week approved the $450 million Toowong Town Centre that will reshape the western suburbs.
Nestled in the heart of Toowong, the project — to be known as The Aviary — is set to change Brisbane’s western suburbs, offering a completely new urban community precinct including residential, retail, hospitality, office spaces, shared outdoor spaces and an entirely new streetscape that is set to become a thriving lifestyle destination for the area.

State Development Corporation managing director Ross McKinnon, who the precinct changing project in partnership with White & Partners Sydney, said marketing will kick off early next year with construction to start later in the year creating 400 jobs.

It is expected to be completed in 2023

“It won’t be a staged development. It will all be built together,” Mr McKinnon said.

Despite Toowong’s location near the Brisbane CBD and the river, the precinct has been significantly underdeveloped for the past 20 years — with The Aviary site on the corner of High Street and Sherwood Road remaining untouched for more than half a century.

Mr McKinnon said the project aligns with office tenants’ changing needs and complements current trends in urban planning that are helping reshape Brisbane’s suburbs.

“The significant growth of mixed-used developments is a result of community demand for self-sufficient hubs based on walkability and convenience,” he said.

“If businesses have learned anything from COVID-19, it’s that we don’t all have to be working in the city to maximise productivity.
An artist's impression of a part of The Aviary at Toowong.

An artist's impression of a part of The Aviary at Toowong.
“While it’s still early days, we expect to see more office users make the shift to

central hubs like The Aviary for the lifestyle benefits, where everything you need is at your fingertips and you don’t have to travel into the CBD.

“We see The Aviary as a one in 50-year opportunity to revive community amenity in Toowong, bringing enhanced liveability to Brisbane’s western suburbs for a generation.

“This will be the fifth project State Development Corporation has undertaken in the inner western suburbs, demonstrating our commitment to this close city precinct.”

An artist's impression of The Aviary, including the town square, at Toowong.

An artist's impression of The Aviary, including the town square, at Toowong.
Once completed, the 9000sqm site will offer 150 residential apartments, about 30 retail shops and a large office tower, as well as a fresh food market, an elevated outdoor dining precinct, cinemas, and services such as a fitness/wellness centre, medical centre and childcare facilities.

Dan White, Partner at White & Partners said it was the third project they have undertaken in partnership with State Development Corporation in Toowong.

“We have always believed that Toowong offers both businesses and consumers fantastic

amenities and a great location, and so we are excited by the opportunity we have with The Aviary to create a vibrant and diverse precinct,” he said.

An artist's impression of the entrance to The Aviary at Toowong.


An artist's impression of the entrance to The Aviary at Toowong.
The precinct has been designed by award-winning Brisbane architecture firm Nettleton Tribe, known for major urban planning projects including Brisbane’s recently developed Montague Markets at West End.

The development will also see upgrades to High Street with the creation of a dedicated bus lane along the site’s frontage for the busy Toowong bus stop and road improvements will be made at the corner of Jephson Street and Sherwood Road.

The upgrades will significantly improve traffic flow in the area and will ensure the long-term growth of Toowong.
 

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Coles Local Taringa steaming ahead with expressions of interest closing Oct 30 2020 for construction.

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COLES Taringa – Live Project –
Couriermail---->Coles Local Taringa Approved

Council gives tick to new westside mini-Coles store
Brisbane’s inner-west will get Queensland’s first new-look Coles, following approval from council and the State Government.

Brendan O’Malley, Westside News
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November 18, 2020 12:06pm


Taringa residents will get a new small-format Coles and liquor outlet on the corner of Moggill and Swann roads after Council and the State Government gave the project the green light.

Planners Urbis said in the development application that the proposal involved a smaller supermarket, which would not be a full line store, and a Liquorland with a basement level of carparking.

“This smaller type of store has yet to be opened in Queensland but has been operating in Surrey Hills (Victoria) for more than 18 months,’’ Urbis said.

“The smaller scale nature of the Coles Local format allows for finer grain architectural treatment, which is more consistent with the traditional retail themes presented in Taringa Village.

A handful of residents lodged objections to the project, mainly around traffic impacts on the congested intersection.

“I believe it will adversely affect the local shops and the area is already congested with traffic,’’ York St resident Bret Malinas said in his submission.

Walter Taylor ward Councillor, James Mackay, who worked to reduce the speed limit on Swann Rd to 50kmh, had expressed cautious approval in June when the plan was announced, but only if traffic and pedestrian and cyclist safety were addressed.

Greens MP for the area, Michael Berkman, said in his submission that the property did not satisfy the criteria for a “landmark site’’ and the proposed architecture was plain.

“The traffic report states that the proposed development will have no adverse impacts on the surrounding road network,’’ Mr Berkman wrote in his submission.

“This seems unlikely to be true when developing a new supermarket at an intersection which is already congested.

“The proposed measures to ease traffic are limited.’’

He said the developer had not even included bicycle parking until that omission was pointed out, and should have been required to pay for safe, separated cycle lanes and footpaths.

The area was identified on two cycling routes but both Moggill and Swann roads were unsafe for cyclists.

The site, next to the train line, has remained vacant for years after Council knocked back several other development proposals because of traffic concerns.

Council raised a number of other objections, including the bulky view as seen from nearby houses on Swann Rd.

It had asked the developer to soften that area with landscaping, but the developer said that was not feasible and instead offered to include a mural on a southern-facing wall.

Council had also asked for more pedestrian awnings along the Moggill Rd frontage.

However the State Assessment and Referral Agency said it would allow the project to go ahead as long as building work did not affect the stability of the railway line.

It also said the developer must build a barrier to stop cars or pedestrian access to the train tracks and stop people throwing objects on the tracks.
 

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I thought Albert Street would be the first Coles Local in the state...
All three Bardon, Taringa and Adelaide Street stores will likely be be finished and opened around the same time. There is a bit of a hold up regarding the regarding the Bardon one due to the relocation of the bus stop and traffic movements in and out of the proposed car park for the store.
 

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Some movement on the sale of the Sunland Sites at Toowong. They were selling 600 Coronation Drive as is and 20 archer st with development approval. They have submitted an application to have the development approval duration increased - A005625764

PD Online - Application Enquiry

Sunland have recently sought to consolidate assets and entered in open-market sale campaigns for a number of their south-east Queensland development sites including 20 Archer Street and the adjoining 600 Coronation Drive. Whilst still within a contractual due diligence period, the incoming purchaser of 20 Archer Street will move to commence development as soon as possible following settlement. In order to provide sufficient time to obtain related approvals to facilitate construction however, and for the use to commence in order to prevent the approval from lapsing, an extension of time is required beyond August 2021. For this reason, an extension of two (2) yearsis requested, extending the currency period up to and including 19 August 2023.
There was apparently big local and international interest in the sites and have been purchased by different parties..
 

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Surely while the bridge is under discussion it's moot? I'm not saying the DA can't proceed, but you'd want to understand the bridge terminus which may be on Archer before proceeding?
 
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