ORIGINALLY lodged in December 2013, the controversial designs for the new cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay have been resubmitted to Byron Shire Council with drastically changed appearance.
The design of the proposed redevelopment and subdivision of the Mercato Shopping Centre at the southern end of what is known locally as the Woolies car park originally featured a massive atrium glass front entrance.
At the time, the council's planning director, Ray Darney, said the primary issue the council would have with the development was "aesthetics".
The new subtropical design for "Mercato on Byron" lodged with the council is a complete overhaul, the developers, Azzura International Constructions said and would "truly reflect the Byron Bay character".
"We have consulted extensively with Byron Shire Council and the Northern Rivers Design Advisory Panel members to develop a design that we hope Byron can embrace," project manager Julie Nutting said.
The new plans include 324 undercover car parks; refurbished boutique cinemas; a bowling alley; a central art gallery and a park-style external meeting place and visual/ performing arts area.
The new complex will be the most environmentally sustainable retail development in Australia, the developers claim.
Among the sustainable design features it will include will be 104 bicycle parking spaces, with 51 bicycle spaces allocated to staff.
There will be charging facilities for electric vehicles; grey water harvesting and re-use and solar electricity generation (adding to the 100 solar cells already in place).
The Jonson St frontage will receive a significant makeover with plans for 50 new trees and new planter boxes creating a green boulevard and entry park.
The community can review detailed plans and provide feedback at www.mercatoon byron.com.au.