Three towers may fill CBD block

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

TWIN towers have turned to three towers with the latest development application received by Gladstone City Council for the bottom of Goondoon Street.

Sydney-based Leda Holdings Pty Ltd has just lodged an application with the council for a multi-storey, multi-purpose building, shops and professional offices on the old Customs House site.

However, the council's approval is conditional on Leda reducing one level of the proposed nine residential levels to meet current density requirements.

The Leda project follows an application lodged recently by the Brisbane-based Atelier Property group's 10-storey twin tower development on the RSL Club site and other adjoining properties.

If both projects proceeded within similar timeframes, the bottom end of the Goondoon Street and Central Lane to Lord Street will sport three towers within the same block.

The Leda proposal is for a multi-unit building comprising a basement level for car parking, a ground level for shops, vehicle access and car parking, a mezzanine level for shops and car parking, a podium level for shops, offices and building entry and nine levels for residential units.

In the proposal each of the residential levels would contain five units for a total of 45, but reduced to 40 under the council condition.

In his report to the council, assessment and development manager Andrew Kearns said the project accorded with council's wishes to increase residential usage within the central business district.

He said that the project near Auckland Inlet 'makes it a crucial development site in terms of maintaining harbour views and maximising the potential as an activity hub adjacent to the waterfront'.

An earlier proposal received by council was for a site that included the old Customs House site and the former RSL site.

The proposal was for twin towers of 14 levels incorporating 70 residential units, shop and commercial space.

However, the owners of the building, The Commonwealth Bank, brought in receivers and the RSL site was sold to other interests which scuttled those plans.



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