BCC to waste vibrant West End site for a multi-million dollar patch of grass

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The Brisbane City Council has submitted a notice of intention to acquire the Three Lanes development site located at 68 Vulture Street in West End and plans to build a park.

The local West End backers of the Three Lanes project, Sam and Peter Hadjipetrou are surprised the Brisbane City Council are throwing out a great opportunity to create a vibrant, social, cultural and retail space.

“Having spent the last 40yrs as locals, we understand that West End is a vibrant, tight-knit community fiercely proud of its energetic, eclectic culture rich with history, character and life.

Since purchasing the Vulture St block in 1994, our vision has always been to develop a thriving public ‘commonspace’ for our community which blends the colourful multicultural heritage and history of the area with the unconventional creativity that forms the heart-beat of West End today.

Comprising of parkland, retail, artspace and living, Three Lanes is not just ‘another’ development, but a vibrant community precinct designed around a holistic ‘connected’ village atmosphere which embraces genuine community ownership and creative expression,” Sam explains.

However a Brisbane City Council planning committee are pushing for Council to acquire the site and turn it into a park.

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Sam Hadjipetrou points out that their development concept has incorporated the idea of the city plan for public space (or what council refers to as urban common) and therefore council will not need to spend any money to acquire and embellish the site.

“They will get a free public space working with development from which they will have income and save expenditure. A win win for both council and the local community.”

However despite this, council are pushing ahead with the intention to buy the land to turn it into a park.

“We are trying to get the message out there in the public arena and get as much support as possible from locals and professional experts.”

This is now the second key development site that council plan to resume to build a park, with the other site being the old Milton Tennis Centre site, which still remains vacant years after council acquisition.

Brisbane Development strongly believes the people of West End deserve better than another patch of grass. The area’s vibrancy can continue along Vulture Street by the creation of a social common space which can hold cultural activities and would remain active at night through retail and restaurant related nightlife.

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A website and online petition has been set up HERE where you can register your support for the development.

View the Three Lanes proposal’s Vision below:

Three Lanes Vision

For more information on the development project (http://threelanes.com.au/)

Or to view the development on PDOnline (A003638211)


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    "Death", or more simply, "God"

    Did this “development” ever actually happen ?

    October 1, 2015

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    Veryphatic

    Sorry this development looks like something a dentist would pen. If you want vibrant and into the night; go out the valley; they also have lots of nice parks. Private space is not public space: you will still have people hanging out in the spacing drinking and carrying on regardless if it’s a park or not.

    December 12, 2014

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    Simone

    This is really disappointing, Brisbane has a serious lack of public domain and social planning . I would really love to see the Three Lanes proposal approved.

    February 22, 2014

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    dg

    the pissimism of NIMBY of WEST END (a self-evident nom de plume) is sad.
    Its precisely this poverty of imagination that leaves Brisbane struggling to reconcile its hopes for truly urban neighbourhoods against the small-mindedness expressed in those comments.
    Many other cities the world over are grabbing every site for open space and green space that they can. many of those cities are actually demolishing buildings to create them. For very good reason.
    High density (not to be confused with high rise) living demands more outdoor options for people. Its a necessary off-set to the pressures of limited personal space.
    Yes 68 Vulture St is a good place for a park (maybe not the best place but that debate was three years ago. Its been had and finished. And Brisbane rarely does the best of anything so lets be pragmatic and realistic).

    What remains though and we all deserve an explanation -is why didnt the owners make any public submissions to the local area plan exercise through the two years of that publicity and consultation; plus why didnt they respond to the personal individual BCC notices re the changes in zoning over three years ago? Secondly, why didn’t the town planning report identify the change in zoning that had happened three years ago?

    December 17, 2013

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    NIMBY OF WEST END

    Yeah lets have some dry dirt for my little kiddies to play in! Also, i’m just going to love sitting in an abandoned section of grass at 9pm at night. I do like socialising with drunk people who have stumbled out of West End’s bars and like resting in the bushes overnight.

    However the noise from my drunk park friends will relax me after a big day out. In fact, rather than sipping a late at a cafe or enjoying a gelato I can join in singing with drunk hipsters in the park! I’m looking forward to this day I will be the first one to christen this future park with my amazing karaoke voice at 2am in the morning! YAY!

    November 12, 2013

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    fitzy

    I would love to see more green space in down town west end.
    a park would be great.
    just to sit under a tree.
    or lie on the grass.
    bliss

    November 12, 2013

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    19O

    WE DEFINITELY NEED AS MANY PARKS AS POSSIBLE!
    An open space within mixed use development cannot do as much as 100% green space can do. With sufficient lighting throughout the park and Crime Prevention design principles, any foreseeable crimes could be minimised.
    People!!! Shouldn’t we allow at least one piece of land as 100% green space for the future generations to enjoy the greenness of our society? If everyone says that we can integrate open space within the mixed use development, you will see there is no public space where you can actually feel the beauty of nature. Everything will be all man-made park surrounded full of concretes and lights.

    November 12, 2013

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    dg

    I posted a comment with facts about the legal planning scheme on this topic. It wasnt published, was that a decision from the Administrator/publisher of this page? In case it was a computing error, they do happen, below is a follow-up for posting, thanks:

    “Three years ago (2010) this site was identifed in the lastest amendments to the local area plan by Council as a site for greenspace/open space. The merits of that call were considered/debated three years ago. There is no record of any submission being made by the owners of this site to that consultation. Even after the drafts were proposed there is no record of any response by the owners to the proposed park. The amendments were made and passed into law as the legal planning scheme with the site as a park in 2011. There was no submission from the owners in 2011.
    The site is designated a park, has been for two years.
    Evidently the owners failed to participate in the public debate at the time.
    I would now question the merits of any DA that’s actually asking City Council to hand over public lands designated as park for the purpose of private profit.
    100% of the site is designated public space Council would be exposing itself to all kinds of problems by moving to hand over public lands to a private developer for commercial profits.”

    November 7, 2013

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    Eric

    Hillender, its sad that you have to mention the police patrolling west end to keep crime out of the mooted park.

    That is not sustainable and is a drain on our cities resources. Instead we should have a vibrant, energetic social space where people have fun, eat, drink and watch performances. Also, you clearly haven’t been to Musgrave park at night where there ARE homeless people living there. Police don’t and shouldn’t move them on, that is heartless.
    I wish people would grow a brain and not be so scared of good types of development which this is!! West End deserves better than a patch of grass!

    November 6, 2013

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    Hillender

    Hurrah for the council!! We need parks and trees… they are the lungs of all good cities. West end is developing at such a rapid rate with so many apartments being built that green space is essential!!! The police are patrolling west end so vigorously at the moment there will be no opportunity for homeless vagrants to even sit down.. let alone sleep in the park. Go the greenies 🙂 give us our park.

    November 6, 2013

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