As time ticks on, the Maroochydore CBD is beginning to take shape, a number of significant projects are being put forward in the early stages of the SunCentral town centre.
A large new Council building is being planned along with some other major projects from international developers. The Sunshine Coast Council will soon be revealing exactly what will be going on in the 53-hectare site, and this also includes the decisions being made regarding a new 15,000 square-meter city hall which would require a 10,000 square-metre as a key anchor tenant.The new building is expected to be used as a central location for all Sunshine Coast Council staff, particularly throughout the earlier stages of development of the Maroochydore CBD.
There have been multiple reports of the John Holland property group trying to secure at least 6-9 blocks within the new CBD, including the new council building.
According to the Sunshine Coast Daily the State Government is also closing in on securing a position in the CBD for new office buildings, while AVEO retirement villages is believed to be exploring two potential retirement village sites.
To further add to some of the major development sites, the University of the Sunshine Coast is said to be interested in having a presence within the new CBD as well.
SunCentral CEO John Knaggs’ said in a recent investor newsletter that the project was “progressing well” and construction of the first buildings would start in 2018.
“Construction of the first buildings will begin in 2018 and I will soon be able to announce some exciting news about that crucial stage of the project,” he wrote.
Sources have also indicated a high level of interest in the new Sunshine Coast Entertainment, Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a number of groups believed to have shown interest in developing that project. A 4500-seat auditorium is being suggested as the option moving forwards.
At present it’s beings said its unclear how many possible casino developments will be put into the CBD, however there remains a vacant casino licence. This license could however be utilised as part of an integrated development combined with retail, dining and entertainment facilities in the CBD.
It is still early days at this point, but it is great to see some progress moving forwards with some more clarity as to what will be housed in the new SunCentral Project