Nine-storey unit block planned for city centre

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A NINE-story unit complex is planned to rise in Goondoon Street, carrying on the current CBD face lift.

A Sydney-based company has lodged a development application with Gladstone City Council for the development which would include 46 serviced apartments, a restaurant and conference facilities.

The development is planned for 109 Goondoon Street between the Commonwealth Bank and the council chambers.

Bill Duncan, design manager for Kell and Rigby Pty Ltd which is acting on behalf of the Sydney-based company, said their clients were looking to start construction as soon as possible.

"It's hard to say exactly when we will start, it's a bit premature to say yet, but I can say that our client is committed to it and would like to move as quickly as is reasonably possible,'' Mr Duncan said.

Mr Duncan said this was the first project his company had been involved with in Gladstone.

However frequent visits to the area had showed its potential, Mr Duncan said.

"We've been up to Gladstone a couple of times and it is a very positive area which is good for the project,'' Mr Duncan said.

Council assessment and development manager Andrew Kearns said in recent years multi-story developments such as this had begun to appear more regularly in the Gladstone CBD.

Other such projects include the proposed RSL towers and multistory development planned for Goondoon Street next to the Reef Hotel.

The council has also made changes to the planning scheme as part of its new town plan, to encourage accommodation to be constructed in the CBD area.

"Council does encourage this type of development,'' Mr Kearns said.

The public notification period for the proposed development has begun and will finish on December 9, after which time the council will make a decision.



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