$170m City Centre goes ahead
THE BEST kept secret in town is worth $170 million and the council has just given it the green light.
When City Centre Hervey Bay is finished, one of the fastest-growing locations in Australia will get its first true address heart – in Pialba.
“I welcome this project on behalf of the council,” Mayor Mick Kruger said.
“A development like this one in such a strategic location in Pialba will truly create a CBD centre for Hervey Bay and it has everything for our local people and visitors to enjoy – all with a good ambience.”
“Along with the commercial aspects of the development there will also be a residential component, shops and an eat street,” Invergowrie Properties director Peter Skerrett said yesterday.
City Centre has already started sprouting along Main Street with Mr Skerrett and his town planner wife Liz refurbishing the existing shops between 11 and 19 Main Street.
“We believe this is a good result with a refreshing change to the old neglected shop frontages next door to the Bay’s iconic Freedom Park,” Mr Skerrett said.
The development site runs between Main and Charles streets and sits at the terminus of the mobility corridor next to the Bay’s proposed community centre.
“The master plan includes 32 shops in the retail/eat street,” Ms Skerrett said.
“We are also building 245 residential/ serviced units in stages, 12 residential/commercial units and an eight-level office building.
“The theme we have adopted is to create a wonderful meeting place for the Coast, with water features, art works, seating and shading. This will be a high quality environment for people to live, visit, stay, shop, wander and work in.”
Mr Skerrett said the Main Street precinct was coming alive. “It won’t be long before Hervey Bay has an active city heart.”