Wheels are in motion for the Southport to cement its’ name as the CBD of the Gold Coast with the area rezoned as a Priority Development Area. The precinct looks set for a high rise boom, with plans for at least another two towers to go up-including one on top of Australia Fair.
The owner of Australia Fair is considering the redevelopment of its’ water-facing shopping mall which includes adding a tower to the existing site and a refurbishment of the mall.
West of Australia Fair will be redeveloped and become the cornerstone for the city’s Chinatown plans, running through the heart of Southport. It is understood there has been huge interest in the redevelopment plans and there is talk a 1000 sqm Asian grocery store could be part of the redevelopment.
Meanwhile, work will start on the $8 million Gold Coast Institute of TAFE redevelopment in the Southport Mall and it is understood it is planning to put a Times Square-style screen at the front of the building.
The Bulletin revealed the old Gold Coast Hospital site would be demolished and the land subdivided, with the State Government hoping the precinct would become a business park, like Sydney’s Macquarie Business Park.
The light rail, the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village, the hospital and the expansion of Griffith University and GCIT were the hallmarks of creating a strong business district.
Aqualine Apartments are situated in the midst of the plans with only a short walk or drive to Australia Fair and the centre of Southport. While the high rises are set to boom, Aqualine will still maintain their stunning views of the Broadwater but also reap the benefits Southport will have to offer.