Byron Village development to start soon

By MEGAN KINNINMENT star@byronnews.com.au

WITHIN six weeks work will start on hotelier Tom Mooney's extension of the Great Northern Hotel in the heart of Byron Bay's CBD.

It will be the largest CBD development Byron Bay has seen in years.

The Byron Village development will have 30 apartments, 27 bed-sitters, a dozen shops, four restaurants and two levels of underground parking for up to 240 vehicles.

The new development will be built on the block of land behind the Great Northern Hotel.

Mr Mooney said he was unsure how long construction would take.

However, he has previously estimated it could take anywhere from 15 to 18 months to complete.

One factor increasing construction time is the prime CBD location of the 4000square-metre site, which is on the corner of Byron and Fletcher streets.

Mr Mooney has agreed to halt construction over the peak summer tourist period in the hope of avoiding problems with high traffic flow through the town that is common at that time of year.

The first step in the Byron Village development would be preliminary work on drainage.

The work was due to start within the next few weeks, Mr Mooney said.

The project has taken close to eight years to get off the ground, with Mr Mooney and investment partner John Perkin fighting Byron Shire Council through the courts to get it approved.

A feature of the development, designed by local architect Christine Vadasz, will be the use of a recycled greywater system for the apart- ment's toilets.

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