A seven-tower development on the old Gold Coast Hospital site by the light rail is on track to be approved by the council.
The council’s planning committee today recommended approval of the large mixed development after councillors considered a 470-page long agenda item.
Committee chairman Cameron Caldwell told the Gold Coast Bulletin: “The site has been vacant for many years now and the recent sale by the State Government has provided the opportunity for the private sector to develop the site.
“The development is located adjacent to the light rail and offers opportunity for large scale development in the Southport CBD.”
Cr Caldwell said the project showed confidence in the Coast economy and would be “a boost post Commonwealth Games”.
An officer’s report to the committee shows the developer had proposed seven towers ranging in height from 16 to 25 storeys.
Councillors were told the site would include a retirement facility, residential care, theatre, health care services, food an ddrink outlets along with a showroom and offices.
officers found the project would not provide a high residential density and it could be supported by the existing water structure and road network. Their recommendation for approval will go to full council.
“The proposed mix of land uses are considered to enhance the activity levels sought within the CBD as uses such as the theatre and food and drink outlets are permitted to run late into the night,” the officer’s report said.
The development would increase the number of visitors to nearby Chinatown and provide a plaza area just next to light rail.
Originally published in Gold Coast Bulletin here.
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