CHANGES: Plans proposed for a new Ocean St development.
CHANGES: Plans proposed for a new Ocean St development. Sunshine Coast Council

More bars on the way for Coast's favourite nightlife spot

THE Coast's most popular night time strip is set for more changes as Ocean St's reinvention continues.

After the once-tired strip was transformed on the back of a Big Top revamp and a string of popular venues opening up including Old Soul, The Post Office and more, a fresh wave of new venues looks on its way.

The historical block of 1-5 Ocean St, featuring a menswear store, historical hall and a number of specialty stores has been earmarked for a new, code-assessable development dubbed 'Ocean Point', set to feature new office space, a bar, shops and a food and drink outlet over two stories.

Two tenancies will be in the upper storey while four will be on ground level ranging from 70 sq m to 133 sq m in size.

BEFORE AND AFTER:

 

TODAY: As it looks at present.
TODAY: As it looks at present. Sunshine Coast Daily

 

CHANGES: Plans proposed for a new Ocean St development.
CHANGES: Plans proposed for a new Ocean St development. Sunshine Coast Council

The proposed development will take place on what has been identified as a local heritage space, with the planned new building to use original building materials wherever possible and also feature photos and historic material as a display to highlight the history of the site.

The development application was submitted to Sunshine Coast Council last week.

 

CHANGES: Plans proposed for a new Ocean St development.
CHANGES: Plans proposed for a new Ocean St development. Sunshine Coast Council

Across the road on the opposite of Ocean St there is also progress being made on Ocean St's next new venue, the 'Sneaky Baron'.

The new cafe and bar posted some teasers on its Facebook page this week as the venue draws nearer to an opening.

 

PROGRESS: The Sneaky Baron has come a long way since this shot posted on Facebook late last month.
PROGRESS: The Sneaky Baron has come a long way since this shot posted on Facebook late last month. Facebook

Meanwhile further up the street, the council has just approved the region's own scaled-down version of Brisbane's 'Eat Street' markets, with about 14 individual food outlets to secure tenancies in their own shipping containers.

The development at 8 Ocean St will be next to The Post Office and will create a new laneway into The Big Top on the eastern end of Ocean St.

"The containers will be arranged to create a semi-covered urban laneway through the centre of the site, with informal seating and landscaping providing a unique experience for all," Division 8 Councillor Jason O'Pray said.

"Although this will predominantly be a food and drink outlet, there will also be the opportunity for individual tenancies for shops that fit the character and feel of this development."

 

EAT STREET: A vision of Ocean St's future 'Eat Street' market.
EAT STREET: A vision of Ocean St's future 'Eat Street' market. Sunshine Coast Council

Planning portfolio holder Councillor Christian Dickson said the hospitality area designated by the council in its 2014 planning scheme in Ocean St was starting to take shape.

He praised the work of local businesses, interest groups and residents in helping drive the strip forward.

"There's a lot of focus from local residents on Ocean St itself," Cr Dickson said.

"It's something that everyone talks about."

He said the shipping containers would add a little more boutique to the street for relatively low outlay.

"Ocean Street's really taken off over the last few years," Cr Dickson said.

He said having a mix of office space alongside food and retail was critical to the success of the strip to ensure it was active during the day as well as a night-life hub.

Cr Dickson said he would like to see some more medium-to-high density residential within the Ocean St precinct to help boost the area further as it expands.