Green light to kick off Hive development
Planning and development committee chair Mark Molachino said the development would be a welcome addition to the eastern end of Flinders St.
“There’s no doubt that this end of Flinders St has been ready for development for some time and I am delighted that this project is coming to fruition,” Cr Molachino said.
“Council’s planning team have undertaken a thorough assessment of the application and given it the green light, subject to a number of conditions covering issues such as landscaping, car parking and footpath upgrades.”
The development comprises a five-storey building with floor area of 6,472sq m and incorporates a mixture of office space, retail and service industries. The main tenant will be the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
As part of the Hive development, a shared pedestrian and vehicular laneway will be constructed providing access from The Strand through to Flinders St.
Cr Molachino said council officers would continue to work with project proponents, the Gleeson Group, to enable construction to start as soon as possible.
“The development is another vote of confidence in our city and region’s future,” he said.
“Importantly, this project will also support jobs during the construction phase, which is great news for our local economy.”
Gleeson Group managing director Therese Smith said the company would tender for a building partner in the coming months and construction of 1 Flinders St was expected to begin in mid-2022.
Ms Smith said future stages may include a concert hall and convention centre, renovation of the State heritage listed Queen’s Hotel, a new hotel, tertiary education, marine and tropical science research, tourism facilities, residential apartments, medical and allied health facilities, commercial office space, an indigenous art gallery, performance space, open spaces, and provide a link from the Strand to the CBD.
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