Brand new development proposed for Quay St
BUNDABERG industrial marine electrician Justin Colvin is proposing a new development on Quay St to house both his home and his business.
Mr Colvin said he purchased the property, along the Burnett River, about 14 months ago.
"It wasn't advertised or anything. I work along the street a fair bit and a few people were talking about it being for sale," he said.
Mr Colvin said it was rare to find commercial-industrial land in the CBD.
"I could see the potential. I bought it," Mr Colvin said.
He now plans to sell his home in Coral Cove and build a multiuse facility to both live in and run his business from alongside the Burnett River.
Mr Colvin launched an application to the Bundaberg Regional Council this week for a caretaker's residence and two light industry sheds on the site.
"One shed will be for my workshop and I'm going to lease the other one out and live in the caretaker's (residence)," Mr Colvin said.
"I'm trying to incorporate everything into the one property."
The site had a flood-damaged house on it when Mr Colvin purchased the land which he said had been a nightmare to remove and delayed his current plans.
"I've had all sorts of troubles with the house removalists. It took 11 months (but) it's only gone two weeks ago," Mr Colvin said.
"So I've only lodged it with the council but as soon as we get the go ahead, my builder's ready to go whenever we can."
Mr Colvin plans to build a one-bedroom house on the riverside of the property with two detached sheds fronting Quay St.
He said the other business would be a use similar to his own that did not sell direct to the public, rather "a workshop or something".
A council spokesman told the NewsMail the application "has not progressed to a point where any assessment can be made" and declined to make further comment.
Mr Colvin said he'd already had two meetings with the council regarding the proposal who were "surprisingly good about it" and "thought it was a good idea".