Building to have city looking up
A NEW nine-storey, $10 million development planned for Bourbong Street will be the city’s tallest building when it is completed.
The building, to be developed by Brett and Kathy Hansen, will be built just east of Tantitha Street.
Mr Hansen said yesterday the development had been more than two years in the planning so far, and he set a completion date target of 2014.
“That depends on the interest from investors, both local and from outside the area,” he said.
The building was approved by the Bundaberg Regional Council’s planning committee yesterday morning, after a report said it was not out of character with the immediate surroundings.
Mr Hansen said the building would feature seven levels of residential units, which would be for sale as managed units.
They would range from two and three-bedroom apartments up to the four-bedroom penthouse levels.
The first level would feature a gymnasium, conference room and pool deck, with the ground floor devoted to restaurants and shops.
“We’re aiming for an affordable, upmarket development that will not be overpriced,” Mr Hansen said.
“The units will be spacious, for people who might want to stay for a month or so.
“Businesspeople might want to bring their families along and also have access to a conference room.”
Mr Hansen said he was sure the development would attract more people into the CBD.
“It’s perfectly placed, because it’s close to hotels, restaurants and the CBD shops,” he said.
He hoped the building would attract visitors to the city because its position would give them a choice of activities.
“I think it will be a lift for the whole area, and we’re very happy it’s finally gone through,” he said.
He paid tribute to the regional council, which he said had been helpful and professional throughout his dealings with them.
Mr Hansen said apartments in the building would enjoy fantastic views of the Burnett River, as far east as the port, and green fields surrounding the city.
“I think it will be a fantastic local investment for people to purchase and get good returns,” he said.
“The penthouse positions will be fabulous for owner-occupiers.”
Mr Hansen expected the building to be a very popular attraction for Bundaberg.
“I think the apartments will be rented all the time,” he said.