Foundations being laid for Coast's new city centre
THE foundations of the Sunshine Coast's new city centre are about to be laid as project developer SunCentral maps out the year ahead for the 53ha CBD development.
SunCentral chief executive officer John Knaggs' January update on the development indicated foundations would soon be laid, with civil construction works beginning on the first stage of the development in February.
Mr Knaggs said the year ahead would be a busy one for the project, but much of the site's transformation would be happening underground.
NBN Co, Telstra and Smart City fibre optic conduits will be laid, providing the telecommunications network of the future Maroochydore city centre on the site of the old Horton Park Golf Course.
The first shipment of pipes from South Korea for the $21 million, underground automated waste collection service has also arrived, with installation of that system to begin when civil construction starts on the CBD's core commercial precinct.
A specialist engineer will travel to the site to oversee installation of that system.
Mr Knaggs' update stated powerlines, water mains and stormwater drains would also be installed this year, while for those eagerly watching the development take shape, there will be some ground-level action in 2017.
The city centre's first roads and pavements will be laid and a new park will be created along with an east-west waterway.
The first roads will form part of 7.5km of new pavement that will make up the streetscape, while 9.73ha of waterways will meander through the CBD.
Almost 8ha of parkland will dot the area, which will feature 65,000 sq m of retail floor space, 2000 residential apartments and almost 125,000 sq m of commercial space.
Expressions of interest are currently open for the first precincts being developed - precincts three and six - which make up part of the principal CBD zone and include the urban square.