A new demolition DA has been submitted on the old O’Reilly’s Bonded & Free Stores complex in Margaret Street in Brisbane’s CBD.
The buildings were built in 1864 however they are not heritage listed.
The site is owned by mining magnate Sam Chong, who is also developing the Four Points by Sheraton at 103 Mary Street.
The code assessable DA proposes to replace the buildings with a dog off-leash area which has to be seen as a temporary use.
The DA number for this development is (A003775340).
Artist’s impression of proposed dog park.
As a Brisbane optimist I find it increasingly frustrating at the lack of creativity of developers who don’t seem to see character where character exists.
One would think that the best outcome for the site is to facade the buildings and to integrate it into a new development to give the future development a unique selling point or design.
A great, recent example of this is Aria’s Austin development in South Brisbane where the facade of a relatively small, modest old brick building of similar nature to this, probably newer is currently being restored and incorporated into the design. More examples of heritage integrated development here.
Not only does it look cool, but it sells. Austin sold very quickly off-the-plan as a result of the trendy new/old design which no doubt played some part in the speed of apartment sales. Credit should be given to this developer for converting this building.
It would have been much easier to simply knock it down but they saw the opportunity to do something out of the box.
I think it is disappointing that the developer of this site doesn’t see this same opportunity.
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