AUSTRALIA’S largest apartment building has become the first in the country to get the green light to build a second one with its own boardwalk, after the city council unanimously approved the plan.
The $1 million-plus project will include a new plaza, retail shops and a new pedestrian plaza with a pedestrian bridge and pedestrian bridge over a creek, on top of the existing one.
The new boardwalk will be a pedestrian walkway and will be located on the ground floor of the building, while the existing boardwalk is a two-level walkway with the entrance at the top.
The building, located in the suburb of Geelong, will have about 20,000 square metres of retail space and 10,000 of the retail spaces will be dedicated to food and hospitality.
The boardwalk design will be based on a traditional walkway that was first built in the 1970s and is currently being renovated by the Australian Sustainable Design Centre.
The city council approved the proposal to build the second boardwalk on May 29, with an approval from the Environment, Water and Planning Committee on June 2.
Rona Properties has secured financing to complete the project, with the company currently seeking $2.3 million from the Federal Government for the project.
The company’s chief executive, Mike Pugh, said the $1m grant had been given to cover the cost of constructing the new boardwalks, with a further $2m provided for a new bridge, which will connect to the existing pedestrian walkways.
The plan to build an additional boardwalk was supported by the Geelong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was in favour of the project for a number of reasons.
Mr Pugh said the boardwalk would create a unique and exciting environment for locals to explore, while providing a positive and pleasant impact on Geelong’s community.
He said the project would provide a new and exciting option for residents to walk through the city, which would also benefit the local community.
Mr Roo said he hoped the boardwales would encourage people to walk and get involved in the city.
He also welcomed the support of the Geenelong Chamber.
“It’s fantastic that our community has decided to support the project,” he said.
“I think this is an exciting time for our city and the community and I’m really looking forward to working with the council to make this happen.”
The project is expected to take six to eight months to build.
Topics:housing-industry,housing,housing-policy,business-economics-and-finance,business,geelong-3220,vic,australiaFirst posted April 01, 2020 11:39:55Contact Andrew GaughanMore stories from Victoria