$70m shopping centre proposed for Thornlands, QLD

$70m shopping centre proposed for Thornlands, QLD

Brisbane-based company Development Directive has lodged a development application for the $70 million Paradise Garden Shopping Village project in the Bayside suburb of Thornlands, which would sit on property owned by the Wong family.

If approved, the 7,750sqm retail centre will include a full-line supermarket, specialty stores, service station, medical centre, family friendly tavern and a number of alfresco dining options, in addition to a 1.4ha neighbouring parkland for community use.

The Wong family have owned the site on the corner Boundary Road and Panorama Drive for more than 50 years.

Development Directive senior consultant Peter Macgregor says the shopping village is a project close to the heart of the Wong family who are motivated to create a community asset for Thornlands residents and wider Redlands region.

"Paradise Garden Shopping Village has been designed with the community in mind," Macgregor says.

"The aim is to create a place where the Thornlands community can bring their family to explore the adjacent green space, enjoy a fresh meal with friends and shop locally and conveniently.

"The site was historically used for agricultural purposes which then became home to the iconic 'Round Shop' - a landmark which longstanding locals will remember fondly."

Architecture firm Cottee Parker have designed the project with inspiration from its farming heritage, paying tribute to the sheds which once housed machinery and the produce farmed on-site.

"The architectural design will set the project apart from other community retail centres, providing a unique environment for locals to shop, eat and explore," McGregor says.

"It was a priority throughout the design process to ensure the design of the parklands allowed for the retention of significant native vegetation that exists along the north-west and northern boundaries.

The exact number of shops, restaurants and commercial tenancies at Paradise Garden Shopping Village is yet to be determined, however, the development will include a diverse range of large and small retail and commercial offerings.

"Each tenant at Paradise Garden Shopping Village will be selected for its benefit to the area to ensure added amenity and convenience to the local community, residents and visitors alike," Macgregor says.

"Upon opening, Paradise Garden Shopping Village will provide the equivalent of 270 parttime, full time and casual retail jobs for locals, injecting an estimated $8.1 million in wages for the community."

Paradise Garden Shopping Village will commence construction upon DA approval with site works expected to commence in the final quarter of 2021.

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