Wam Central owners lodge revised development application
WAM Central's new Gold Coast-based developer owner has applied for design changes to the Moreton Bay Regional Council and plans to "fast-track" construction.
Residents have been waiting almost 10 years to see the shopping centre come to fruition after the original development application (DA) was approved by Caboolture Shire Council in 2010.
Previous owners Wayne Sercombe and Stephen King sold the 4.3 hectare property for $3.5 million to L & R Nickalls Investment post auction in December 2017 after years of inactivity at the site.
Selling agent Joseph Codianni said the developer did not plan to make drastic changes to the current centre plans.
"They need to do a quick revision to fine tune the development to suit the local economy," he said.
"Once that is approved by council, the developer will earnestly endeavour to seek and source appropriate tenants.
"I have personally filled about 15 inquiries from new tenants for retail shops, office space, a tavern, a supermarket and pharmacy.
"According to council records there are over eight applications for residential development in the area, which will require active services in Wamuran.
"They see it as a growth corridor."
Councillor Adrian Raedel (Div12) said he expects the project to go ahead after years of empty promises.
"I'm pretty excited to get rid of the Mars crater in the middle of town," he said.
"These guys own multi-million dollar shopping centres ... thye're ready to go and they have the financial backing.
"It's not a huge change. They already have approval for a shopping centre, they're just changing the layout.
A council spokesman said the revised DA was lodged on December 21 and officers have had a number of meetings with the new owners and their consultants.
"The development application is subject to impact assessment and formal public notification is required for at least 15 business days," he said.
The public notification has begun and submissions are invited up until and including Friday February 15, 2019.