Habitat Development Group will deliver a $83 million plan for two towers as part of the new Maroochydore city centre.
Stage one of Habitat’s development involves a 12-storey tower comprising 65 apartments, while stage two includes plans for a 14-storey tower housing 81 apartments.
The second part of stage two incorporates six SOHO townhomes, meaning Small Office Home Office, spurred by the promise of faster internet speeds thanks to the Sunshine Coast’s undersea internet cable decision.
Habitat’s Managing Director Cleighton Clark said the dedicated SOHO townhouses were designed to “have the efficiency of an office with the comfort of a home”.
Habitat is currently preparing designs for lodgement with Economic Development Queensland for its project, which it expects to lodge before Christmas.
Habitat is the latest company to announce new developments in the new Maroochydore CBD, a project located one kilometre from the coast’s world-class beaches.
SunCentral Maroochydore, established by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council in 2015, is the company overseeing the design and delivery of the new city centre.
SunCentral CEO John Knaggs says the major precinct was garnering interest from a range of sectors including technology, professional services, health, education, hospitality and government.
“Because the new city centre is being built on a greenfield site… we have an opportunity to create a city centre with unprecedented communications and technological abilities,” Knaggs said.
Construction is now expected to commence in the second half of 2019.
New CBD ‘most digitally advanced’
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says the new Maroochydore city centre aims to be one of the “most digitally advanced” in the country.
“More than $10 million in underground infrastructure will ensure the latest technology is available, while an international broadband submarine cable landing in Maroochydore will provide Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications connection to Asia and the second fastest to the United States,” Jamieson said.
Earlier this year, Sunshine Coast-based company Evans Long unveiled plans to deliver a commercial property in the city centre.
Evans Long managing director Matt Evans announced an eight-storey building offering approximately 4500sq m of commercial office space would be built in the CBD’s core commercial precinct.