$44m retail/residential highrise proposed for Coffs CBD by C.ex Group

A $44 million thirteen-storey retail/residential highrise has been proposed for Coffs Harbour’s CBD by the C.ex Group comprising a proposed podium and tower building with ground floor retail, three floors of car parking and residential apartments and nine storeys of residential apartments in a stepped, cascading building form. Photo: Coffs Harbour City Council

 

A $44 million thirteen-storey residential and retail highrise has been proposed for Coffs Harbour’s central business district in Harbour Drive, on behalf of the C.ex Group.

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The proposed development will be located opposite C.ex Coffs at 15-31 Harbour Drive and involves the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a thirteen-storey tower including ground floor retail, loading dock and car parking, Levels One to Three car parking and residential apartments, Levels Four to Twelve residential apartments, 735 square metres of retail space including seven retail premises, 95 residential apartments, 154 car parking spaces, two lifts, communal open space and a six-metre wide pedestrian laneway between Harbour Drive and Vernon Street.

The laneway will be a publicly accessible space which will be open day and night.

The site has dual frontage to Harbour Drive and Vernon Street, and the building will occupy three existing properties including the City Boulevard Arcade and adjoining retail premises.

The site is located within the Coffs Harbour CBD and adjoins a two-storey vacant commercial building (formerly The Kitchen Shop), the Cinema Walk Arcade, Jack Simmons Centre, Harbour Drive and Vernon Street.

The proposed development is also located to the west of the approved twelve-storey Gowings Hotel development located above Coffs Central Shopping Centre.

The development is expected to encourage further redevelopment in the City Centre in response to expected district growth, the Pacific Highway bypass, and City Centre developer incentives for employment generation and residential projects.

The development application for the highrise will be determined by the Northern Regional Planning Panel due to the development’s high cost of more than $44 million, which sees it classed as ‘Regional Development’.

Coffs Harbour City Council will receive and process the development application and prepare an assessment report to assist the Planning Panel in its decision.

 

By Emma DARBIN

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