Better Late Than Never! A Supermarket In Kangaroo Point After 177 Years

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At 177 years old, Kangaroo Point may be among Queensland’s oldest suburbs but would you believe it has never had a proper supermarket? Well, it looks like things may soon change, if the Fabcot’s development application for a Kangaroo Point supermarket gets approved.

It’s looking like 2020 and 2021 will be banner years for this inner city suburb, should this development application for the construction of the Kangaroo Point’s first supermarket push through.

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Located at 25 Ferry Street, the mixed-use project also includes a full retail podium with food and specialty stores, a mezzanine with offices and storage spaces for the supermarket, and residential apartments.

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Citing promising potential in the area in their application to Council, Fabcot said that the supermarket will be the main driver behind the development/ The limited line supermarket will have a planned GFA of 1,742 sqm at the ground floor, offering goods in a retail environment that is positioned to be bigger than metro-style specialty shops, but stops just shy of full line size.

“A strong trading catchment has been identified within the local area, that is currently not serviced by a local supermarket. The establishment of a supermarket in this location will deliver additional choice and convenience for residents,” the developer said.

Interestingly, the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan also contemplates the establishment of a supermarket in the same location, l an anchor to the Town Centre.

What to Expect

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Once built, residents can expect to see a residential tower with 62 apartments rising above a retail podium. Recreational and communal areas, an open lawn, a pool with lounge deck, an indoor gymnasium, and BBQ areas with seating pods are among the lifestyle amenities included in the design. Apartment units include a full, glazed wall facade in the main bedroom and wrap-around balconies in the living areas.

Concerns?

The project was submitted ahead of February 28, a date that’s particularly significant because that is when the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan takes effect. If submitted under the Plan, the site coverage limit would have been capped at only 40 percent.

The project has a site coverage of 83 percent, something that was made possible by its submission prior to the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan.

Likewise, residents and local stakeholders, led by Cr Sri, have pointed out that the proposed development did not meet the minimum requirement to plant trees on 10 percent of the site.

For details on the development application, check out the submissions on Brisbane City Council’s planning & development online at A005384910.