As first reported in the October 2017 edition of The Hills Echo, the Ferny Grove Railway Station’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is progressing from design to development.
The developer, Honeycombes Property Group (HPG) who was appointed by the Queensland Government to design and deliver the TOD, has now lodged a development application with Brisbane City Council.
HPG is proposing a retail, residential and leisure precinct to revitalise the existing train station, creating a purpose-built community hub. A variety of community services are also proposed including a cinema complex.
Managing Director, Peter Honeycombe said HPG had committed to extensive community consultation since 2016 before lodging the development application.
‘The community feedback from these initiatives played a big part in our ongoing adjustments to the proposed development form, to help meet the needs expressed by the various community interests in and around Ferny Grove station,’ Mr Honeycombe said.
‘We have held half a dozen different public forums, door knocked hundreds of residences neighbouring the project, letter box dropped thousands and established an interactive website to keep the community informed.’
The proposed development of Ferny Grove Central includes a fitness centre, medical and allied health centre and child care facility as suggested during early community consultation.
These facilities were incorporated in lieu of a residential tower above the retail at the suggestion of the community focus groups.
In keeping with the surrounding urban environment, a four-level residential building of 64 apartments will front Conavalla Street. Featuring a mix of one, two and three-bedrooms, the apartments will assist in buffering the retail and bus hub from the neighbouring residents.
In response to community feedback, the proposed plans include commuter parking upgrades and an increased number of parking bays of which 80 per cent will be undercover. The current bitumen carpark will be developed into a pedestrian friendly precinct which includes a new retail offering, cinema and impressive local amenity accessible to all the community.
Construction of Ferny Grove Central is expected to commence in early 2019, subject to securing development approval from Brisbane City Council.
Community members can keep updated on the development’s progress via the project website fernygrovecentral.com.au.