350m Sunshine Plaza expansion set to get green light The expansion will be over two storeys and includes a new 14,000m2 department store (David Jones), an expansion of 2,500m2 to Myer and 20,894m2 of specialty retail and restaurants.
The plans include a possible educational establishment and community meeting hall. "Council external economic consultant confirmed that the development satisfies economic and community needs and the additional floor space will not pose an unacceptable economic impact upon the surrounding and associated retail network. But already questions are being raised about the impact of the development on smaller retailers, many of who have been doing it tough on the Sunshine Coast. The plaza already has a high turnover of retail tenants though has some of the best foot traffic figures for a centre of its size in the country. Plans for the development include an internal through connection of Southern Drive to Amaroo Street and a number of external road upgrades. The developer will be required to kick in more than $5 million for transport upgrades and almost $1 million for parks and land for community facilities. An additional An additional 1,501 car parks will be provided, resulting in 5,036 bays for the entire complex. Lend Lease said the plans will extend the centre along Cornmeal Creek providing new pedestrian and cycle promenades and public realm on both North and South banks. "The indoor / outdoor retail experience which has made Sunshine Plaza such a distinctive destination will be continued on these edges providing activation and appeal." Sunshine Plaza is co owned by Australian Prime Property Fund Retail and The GPT Group, and managed by Lend Lease. Reader poll Do you think the Sunshine Coast needs more shops and restaurants? This poll ended on 30 March 2013. Yes. Can't wait for a David Jones 47% Sunshine Coast Facebook fans react to news of the development expected approval. Rebecca ray ban sale sunglasses Castledine: More car parks hopfully!!! Hate going there for that reason!! Kelly Burton: Is that really necessary? Isn the big top being redeveloped also? How many shops does one area need?? Michael Kornbrekke: Surely there are other places this could be spent. Rather than placing the roads there under more load. Richard Snowden: We dont need David jones here its not big enough to support myers an Dj Kayren Bartucz: Awesome Luke Mears: Why not? Creates jobs and stimulates the economy which we need on the Coast Cherie Patrick: So we get more shops and some more retailers, some more jobs, but at what cost? Twenty years ago, Plaza Parade was never designed for the amount of traffic it sees in peak shopping times. Traffic ray ban new wayfarer backs up along Aerodrome road, Evans Street and Maroochydore Boulevard. The amount of parking is ample for "off peak" shopping, but an absolute nightmare otherwise. I hope the council got the better end of the deal in all of this with promises of the ray ban upgrading things. Adam Blackmore Y dont they try fixing our roads first to a mint condition its bullshit they think about the tourism and how to get more money from us they should ask ppl of the sunshine coast what they want and what will make this place better because a shopping center wont help in any way. Ben Stewart: Hear me! If the Big Top go ahead with the idea to do a local market, including the night market that spills onto the street, it would create a new community culture which is so desperately needed here on the coast, and if that happened, no matter how sunglasses ray ban sale much money spent on the plaza it wouldn compare.
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