'It will change Pialba': Business owners back 8-storey block
A PROPOSED eight-storey building in Pialba would help transform the suburb's central business district, local shop owners say.
The building, unanimously approved by Fraser Coast councillors on Wednesday, will be built on the corner of Main St and Torquay Rd and will have levels split for parking and office space.
No start date has been announced and the development will likely require more approvals from the council in the future.
But Zac Wilson said the devleopment would "change the area" by bringing in more jobs and foot traffic.
The manager of Pie and Pastry Paradise said it was one of the first big buildings earmarked for the strip in years.
"Main St is a busy road and parking is always in short supply," Mr Wilson said.
"More foot traffic from people visiting would also be good as it can help support us and other local businesses in the area. The more people we can bring to the area the better."
Le Petit Chocolatier owner Eric Barrera also welcomed the proposal, saying it could lead to renewed business and developer interest in the Pialba corridor.
"Eight stories isn't that bad. It's not on the water and it wouldn't destroy the feel of the town," he said.
"The feel of the town comes from the people, not the buildings."
The new building is not part of the council's official CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan but is close to where the proposed precinct will go.
The CBD master plan outlined a transformational project to create a major cultural, commercial and educational precinct with modern architecture and more green space in Pialba.