Laguna North Lakes
It's like Fortitude Valley's James Street, but at North Lakes
Just when we were thinking that we’d heard the last of development news for the year comes a new project by the developers of Fortitude Valley’s popular James Street.
Set right in the heart of North Lakes, the $250 million development will utilise the entirety of the 1.7 hectare Lot 81 on North Lakes Drive, the currently vacant lot that sits between Westfield and the library.
To be known as Laguna North Lakes, or just Laguna, the precinct promises boutique shopping dividedby retail/dining laneways with a James Street feel.
Apparently we're now calling North Lakes township a "CBD" also.
“Laguna will be a welcome addition to the North Lakes success story, and will provide the already bustling CBD with a unique entertainment and lifestyle precinct sure to attract people from all over,” said Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland.
Attracted by one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas, The George Group’s Patrick George said North Lakes was a sensible choice for their next venture.
“We are heartened by the success of our well known precincts, James Street and Brickworks, and see North Lakes as a great opportunity to do something unique for this community,” Mr George said.
“Through Laguna, we want to create a fresh and exciting oasis in the heart of the North Lakes CBD where people can gather, relax, and enjoy a range of offerings including retail, hospitality, fitness and lifestyle all in one contemporary-designed precinct.
Anchoring the project are a new office tower offering six floors and 10,000m2 of commercial space, a 140-room hotel, and function and events centre with 1000 carparks in total to adjoin. There will also be 5000m2 of retail and hospitality laneways on the lower floors but perhaps the most interesting feature of the new development are the public amenities.
The development includes a tavern and function space, a childcare centre, Gym, health and wellness centre.
There are scant details on the promised open green space, except some artist impressions we’ve been asked not to show you because they're subject to change (although they’re not to find) and the aquatic centre - except that it has a lap pool, recreational pool, learn-to-swim area and zero depth facility for toddlers .
It seems unlikely that it will rival the jealousy inducing Redcliffe or Springfield lagoons for which locals have been hoping.
Construction begins third quarter 2017 and will be complete late 2019/early 2020.
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