Building tipped to lead a boom

A PROPOSAL for a new, $5 million commercial building in River Street would create jobs and help foster a ‘boom’ in Ballina once the bypass is finished, says the Ballina Chamber of Commerce.

It would be built at an old service station site on the corner of River and Brunswick streets.

The two storey development would incorporate office and retail space and 75 car parks.

Tenancies have not yet been confirmed.

But chairman of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Costello, said it would become a ‘landmark building’ for the CBD.

“The chamber discussed it at a board meeting and thought we would send a letter of support (to Ballina Shire Council),” he said.

“We think it is a good type of development for that area. It would create job opportunities and there seems to be plenty of parking.

“We would like to see that part of River Street, and also Kerr Street, to be developed for similar types of businesses once the bypass is finished.

“It would essentially extend the CBD.

“We’ve got to have a good mixture of businesses. Once the bypass is finished, Ballina will look forward to a boom. It will become a destination. So we need to be prepared for that.”

But with a height of 7.2 metres, the new commercial centre exceeds Ballina Shire Council’s height restrictions by 800mm.

However Mr Costello said the council should still approve the development application.

He said it would not block views or have any adverse impacts.

And the applicants, Newton Denny Chapelle, said the proposal was ‘unlikely to impact upon the existing or future amenity of adjoining properties in terms of overshadowing or loss of privacy’.

There would be fencing and landscaping along the side boundaries.

“The proposal is considered to result in a positive impact on the scenic and landscape qualities of the immediate precinct,” the applicants wrote in their submission to the council.

“The proposed two-storey building occupies a landmark position on the western approach into the Ballina CBD and has been designed to address the corner with a strong and contemporary urban presence.”

The development application is currently being assessed by the council.


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