Ballins high-rise on of a kind
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
BALLINA'S new tallest building was officially opened at the weekend, just days after calls from the town's deputy mayor to limit development in the area.
The seven-storey Grandview Apartments, near Shelly Beach, were opened by State Member for Ballina Don Page who pointed out the block would remain one of a kind.
"This building is unusual because you wouldn't be able to build it today," he said. "The development application was approved before the Government's coastal policy was introduced which prohibits buildings of certain heights."
Deputy mayor John Felsch called for further development limitations in Saturday's Northern Star and expressed concerns about the town becoming a suburb of the Gold Coast.
However, Grandview developer John Dass from Landseer Investments said that would never happen.
"I don't think there's any chance whatsoever of this area turning into the Gold Coast," he said.
"But we've got to have continued, sustainable development ? there are some councils like the Byron Shire going the other way and I call that regression."
Eight apartments out of 41 were still for sale at the opening.
Byron Bay acupuncturist David Rose snagged a fifth floor possie early.
"I learnt about this quite a while ago and was fortunate enough to get an ocean front unit," he said. "I wanted something stylish, modern and well-appointed ... now I'm just waiting to move in."
The strata title for the building is expected to be registered in three weeks with residents inside by Christmas.