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"Unofficial"? PLEASE! Sunnybank leaves the valley for dead when it comes to Asian stores and Cruisine! The hive of activity in Sunnybank is always more then the Chinatown mall in the Valley!
Yet regardless of the quality, the valley has the 'official' chinatown and Sunnybank is the unofficial.
 

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I know what you meant, they should change it though. Take the Chinatown out of the Valley and move it to add to the Sunnybank "Chinatown" precinct. Then someone could come in with Highrises to include apartments, commercial and hotels. The site in the valley would easily be taken up by night clubs, galleries and shops.
 

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And even though it is today more of a touristy Chinatown than a genuine one like Sunnybank, there is still a lot of Asian interests in Fortitude Valley in terms of property holdings and shops that lend reasonable amounts of legitimacy to the area being a Chinatown. I think it definitely should remain in the Valley, but I would love to see Sunnybank promoted more as well, as it is an area that isn't as well known or appreciated as it really should be.
 

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GC's new Chinatown get's closer to fruition:

Chinatown attracts big investors
Tanya Westthorp | 12:50pm September 26, 2012

ASIAN investors with money to burn will scope out Southport properties this weekend, looking to snap up more buildings in the proposed Chinatown precinct.

Chinatown Gold Coast chairman Ted Fong said the mayor of Dandong, northeast China, would arrive with architects, builders, real estate agents, financiers and traders interested in Gold Coast property and business.

Dandong is a port city with a population of 2.4 million and enjoyed a GDP growth of 18 per cent last year.

"They are interested in investing in property and the trade, tourism and food processing industry," Mr Fong said.

The Chinatown precinct is proposed for an area between Young and Davenport streets.

Mr Fong said Dandong planned to donate a gateway, known as a paifang, for Chinatown.

"We've selected the spot and they are ready to ship it over," he said. "We had a feng shui master come out in May and he selected the lucky positions for Chinatown.

"Hopefully everyone will prosper in the area.

"We will have restaurants, Chinese stores, Chinese accountants, Chinese herbalists, a cultural centre and community hall with Chinese classes, and a light rail station called Chinatown."

Earlier this year, investment in the retail section at Southport Central earlier this year, with 13 of the 25 retail spaces at Southport Central were bought by Asian buyers.

Chinese investors landed at Coolangatta earlier this year.

This month, a Chinese developer linked to the mining industry spent more than $12 million buying three high-rise sites.

Chinese developers also signed a $68.5 million deal for Palazzo Versace last week.

The State Government has contributed $50,000 towards the Chinatown masterplan to help position the city as a "global destination" ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Fong said Gold Coast City Council had put $2.5 million towards the precinct and Australia Fair had committed to help fund the project.
Source: GC Bulletin
 

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Has been a while,

Chinatown plan 'will improve Southport'


http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/07/13/454531_gold-coast-news.html

A RAFT of festivals have been planned for the Gold Coast as part of the Chinatown development in Southport, which is due to open at the end of next year.

The festival calendar was included in the Chinatown masterplan, which was unveiled yesterday by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Southport Councillor Dawn Crichlow, Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey and Member for Southport Rob Molhoek.

The event list included a dragonboat festival, dumpling festival, mid-autumn festival and Qing Ming festival. While a street market has been earmarked as a regular event in Chinatown.

The masterplan, which showed dozens of spots for retail shops and restaurants, also mapped out the likely traffic flows for the Chinatown precinct.

Young and Davenport streets are likely to be closed off for any major events, while council intends to have only one lane open on Young Street, from Davenport to Scarborough streets, from the time Chinatown is open.

Wide pavements and several outdoor dining areas have been included in the masterplan, which has a focus on pedestrian access.

Cr Tate said yesterday that the Chinatown development would improve the look of Southport massively, particularly at night.

"The lights and lanterns will mean that it looks spectacular at night," he said.

"I can imagine people coming into Southport in the evening just to look at it."

Cr Tate said the planned development had already helped to attract investment into Southport and it would continue to do so.

"Anyone with money should be looking to put it into Southport," he said.

"Without conflict of interest, I will be doing the same.

"The timing of Chinatown is perfect."

Cr Crichlow said business confidence was improving in Southport, despite the ongoing challenges from light rail works.

The masterplan is on display in a Young Street shop, which has been leased out for the purpose, until July 19 from 10am to 4pm.
 

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I personally think it (the video) looks awesome. Without the paifangs it doesn't look very Chinatown-ish, but all the potential is there to revitalise this part of Southport (especially with the pedestrian part between Davenport and Scarborough) with new pavements, street furniture, room for cafe's to have tables and chairs outdoors, new trees and plants, as well as the Chinese lanterns etc.
 

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With time, perhaps.. I'm not sure who owns the blocks of land and whether they would be interested in further developing them. Personally, I'd just like to see something go up where Sienna Square was meant to. That, plus Southport Central, Sanbano and a potential future redevelopment of Australia Fair would make the place quite attractive, and while Chinatown would be lowrise, it would be in the middle of multiple 100m+ buildings.
 

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The Chinatown project is progressing...with the speed of a snail!

Gold Coast City councillors get their first look at designs for Southport Chinatown

ANDREW POTTS GOLD COAST BULLETIN FEBRUARY 25, 2014 7:31PM


Some of the Southport Chinatown designs presented to Gold Coast City Council today. Source: Supplied

COUNCILLORS have had their first look at what Southport’s Chinatown could look like.

A series of designs by Taiwanese companies were revealed to the Gold Coast City Council earlier today.


Some of the Southport Chinatown designs presented to Gold Coast City Council today. Source: Supplied

Some featured glass, timber and even computer displays and holograms.
It is understood Mayor Tom Tate favours wooden gates.

It is expected three gates, or paifangs, will be installed in Southport’s Davenport and Young streets as part of the development.


Some of the Southport Chinatown designs presented to Gold Coast City Council today. Source: Supplied

The designs were sourced from a design competition held by the Taipei council last year.
Taipei is one of the Gold Coast’s sister cities.

Chinatown is expected to open in the second half of the year.


Some of the Southport Chinatown designs presented to Gold Coast City Council today. Source: Supplied
 

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Not directly Chinatown related as such, but the Department of State Development & Infrastructure Planning (DSDIP) has released their proposed planning scheme for the Southport City Centre Priority Development Area for public comment. The link to the proposed scheme is here (PDF ~12MB).

Media Statements
Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Public invited to comment on Southport city centre

Plans to boost the region’s economy through the commercial transformation of Southport as the Gold Coast’s central business district have been released for public consultation today.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the draft development scheme sets out the Queensland Government and local council’s joint vision to establish Southport Priority Development Area (PDA).

“Our government is committed to growing the economy of the Gold Coast and a key strategy to achieve this is building on the potential of Southport as the CBD,” Mr Seeney said.

“We are also achieving this goal through a number of other initiatives including the Gold Coast Light Rail and investment in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will bring in an estimated $2 billion to the coast.

“In October 2013, the Government declared the Southport PDA giving responsibility for plan preparation and assessment of development in this area to Gold Coast City Council.

“The PDA covers 195 hectares of land and includes the Southport CBD, Broadwater Parklands and some residential areas.

“Development will include opportunities for residential and non-residential development and the draft scheme was prepared by council with assistance from Economic Development Queensland.”

Member for Southport Rob Molhoek said progression of the Southport PDA would enable the important precinct to come of age.

“Southport has long been recognised as the historic CBD of the Gold Coast,” Mr Molhoek said.

“In the lead up to the Commonwealth Games and coincidently Southport's centenary, the declaration of this PDA ensures development and investment proposals have every chance of success.

“My number one priority is to work with local business leaders to facilitate the reinvigoration of Southport as a centre for health, knowledge and business. I want to see new jobs created and opportunities maximised and this PDA will deliver that.”

Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate said council wanted to work with the community and business to revitalise Southport as a vibrant and dynamic Gold Coast CBD.

“The CBD will be the definitive centre of commerce for the Gold Coast,” Mr Tate said.

“It has already attracted a large amount of investment and the proposed development scheme aims to attract more through a streamlined and facilitated approach to planning and development.

“Southport is already a hub for commercial activities and community services, but the proposed development scheme wants to shape an appealing and active urban lifestyle for local residents as well.”

The final scheme is expected to be in place later this year and will replace the interim land use plan which currently covers development within the PDA.

Residents can make a submission on the draft scheme until 22 May 2014. To view the draft scheme visit www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/infrastructure-and-planning/southport.html
 

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Would be good if all the activity in Southport pushes the owners to spend a bit of money on Australia Fair (nothing wrong with it, its just tired and dated and a little crap inside IMO, has had basically NO change since I first saw it on my first ever trip to the Gold Coast all those years ago)
 

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Still a ways off. When I went past the other day they were dealing with wires/conduit under the footpaths (& road?). Looked like quite a bit of concrete had been laid, but a lot of mess still to go. Garden beds to be done, trees to be planted, paifangs, etc
 

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Went through yesterday and found a few interesting things. Footpaths were done with garden beds to be planted shortly. Most non-Asian stores have been cleared out and will presumably be replaced with Asian stores in the near future. Certainly not nearing completion but you can see what they are trying to do with it.

Encouraging to see majority of the people walking through the area were Asian so obviously the locals are getting behind the concept.
 

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Went through yesterday and found a few interesting things. Footpaths were done with garden beds to be planted shortly. Most non-Asian stores have been cleared out and will presumably be replaced with Asian stores in the near future. Certainly not nearing completion but you can see what they are trying to do with it.

Encouraging to see majority of the people walking through the area were Asian so obviously the locals are getting behind the concept.
I was there yesterday too, was refreshing to get dinner at a good chinese place a 9pm. Took me back to being in asia and not eating at 6pm
 
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