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.
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.
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:
For more information on the development project (http://threelanes.com.au/)
Or to view the development on PDOnline (A003638211)