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A “vibrant” tower proposed as the gateway to the new city center

A developer promises to create a “sense of arrival” in the new city center with a proposed “vibrant” multi-storey tower at the entrance to the emerging CBD of Maroochydore.

Capital 22 has applied to build a 13-level, high-density development with 104 units, three levels of office space, restaurants, a swimming pool and a rooftop gym.

Its location at the corner of Aerodrome Road and First Avenue, Maroochydore, is considered the northern entrance to the new Maroochy CBD.

The multi-million dollar site has housed two operating stores – Neighbors Aid and Salvation Army Family Store – and adjoins Bob Jane T-Marts.

The two lots at 132 and 134 Aerodrome Road were purchased for $3 million and $3.55 million in June 2021 and May 2018 respectively, according to RP Data.

132 and 134 Aerodrome Road, corner of First Avenue.

In a planning report filed with Sunshine Coast Council, planners Adams and Sparkes said the tower presented a “strong design response” for the main block.

“The proposal represents a dynamic, high-intensity, mixed-use development with a podium and tower built form consistent with intent and providing a sense of arrival at Maroochydore CBD,” the planning report states.

The development includes a ‘podium’ base with food outlets and the main lobby.

The tower above would house 104 units – a mix of short-term and long-term accommodation.

Due to its location just 320m from the Maroochy River and 1.2km from the beach, the building’s design would reflect the seaside character of the area, the report says, and feature a “light coastal color palette”.

The development comprises 13 floors.

The levels would include:

  • Ground floor: five catering locations, a residential hall, a commercial hall and 16 parking lots on the ground floor.
  • Levels 2 to 4: three office levels with three parking levels, partial mezzanine parking level with 251 additional spaces.
  • Level 5: pool area and pool terrace (at the top of the podium).
  • Levels 5 to 12: eight levels of residential units (each level has 13 units
    including 11 three-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units) plus a large open concept common area.
  • Level 13: rooftop with gym and outdoor patio and screened plant room

The building would be the gateway to the new city center.

In their report, Adams and Sparkes said council had already given their support “in principle” to the project which was “generally in line” with planning requirements.

The report indicates that the development application, which seeks a significant change in use, should be approved.

“Council gave strong support to the proposed development in a pre-filing meeting, giving support in principle to the proposal and indicating that the development generally complies with the planning requirements of the local plan code, the uses code multi-unit residential and commercial use and center design code,” the report states.

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