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 infrastructureCouriermail.com.au--->New Mid Rise Apartment Block for Sylvan Road Toowong
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
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.
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
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.
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.I thought Albert Street would be the first Coles Local in the state...
There was apparently big local and international interest in the sites and have been purchased by different parties..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.