$25m Ballina marina plan


LENNOX HEAD developer Chris Condon wants to build a $25-million residential development at the former Ballina Quays marina site.

The development, Anchorage Point, would comprise 21 two-storey town-houses, 20 apartments, onsite car parking, swimming pool and a jetty and floating pontoon system to provide up to 25 berths.

Mr Condon said he was the sole owner and developer of the property, adding the apartments would range in price from $750,000 to $1.5 million.

The proposed development will go before council tomorrow, with an application to amend Development Control Plan No.1 and re-designate the area's zoning from low density and duplex to me-dium density.

"The concept will be very popular and appeal to the market it's aimed at ? the empty nesters whose kids have left home, sea changers from the city and baby boomers," said Mr Condon.

He said the jetty and floating pontoon would not be for public use, with moorings only available to those who purchased a residential apartment. However, he said there was a need for public moorings along the river.

"I definitely think there is a need for significantly larger facilities for the public which would incorporate bigger vessels and integrated with commercial business in the commercial precinct," he said.

"Ballina Shire Council has advocated a need, and they're attempting to facilitate a development for public moorings."

Mr Condon said he had agreed with the council to dedicate the first 40 metres of submerged land and the Burns Point Ferry car park to the council for public use, and to 'embellish the walkway' as a boardwalk.

The Anchorage Point concept was developed six months ago, following difficulties with the original 16-block design for the marina site.

Last year, development at the site was stalled after exposed and submerged land was found to be contaminated with tin products, requiring a lengthy and expensive clean-up.

"Because of delays and costs in the last three years, in particular with contamination audits I had to undertake, and have since successfully had approved, I have pursued a different concept that involved the development of a mix of villas and apartments," he said.

"This is going to be a marvellous project in terms of location and amenity."

Mayor Phil Silver said he was unable to comment on the proposed amendment because he had not yet seen the application.

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