Units proposed for 18 East Gordon St, Mackay
Units proposed for 18 East Gordon St, Mackay

5 one-bed unit complex earmarked for CBD site

THE developers behind a $1.2 million complex of five one-bedroom units in a prime Mackay CBD location has applied for a reduction in infrastructure charges from the council.

Plans reveal the development, at 18 East Gordon St, will construct the units on the vacant block opposite Queens Park.

The complex falls within the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area and aims to address the shortage in the property market for one and two-bedroom units in the Mackay city area.

"This development targets young professionals who require appropriate accommodation within a desirable location," Mackay Council documents state.

"The developer (Smith Services) believes this investment will potentially stimulate other similar investment in the Mackay Waterfront PDA."

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Developers Smith Services, a Mackay builder, had the plans approved by the council in January this year, and has applied for a reduction in infrastructure charges to start work on the complex and to make the project "feasible".

The council will discuss the application at Wednesday's meeting.

The council's director developer services Aletta Nugent recommended the application be approved contingent on several conditions including the development be completed by July 2022, and local contractors and suppliers are used.

Ms Nugent's report recommended a 75 per cent concession, valued about $56,500, be applied against the net charge, and apply a reduction in water and sewer service connection fees.

The complex was estimated to cost about $800,000 in construction with a total capital investment of $1.2 million that would result in a flow-on economic output of $1.04 million to Mackay.

It tallied a total of $1.844 million in economic impact to Mackay, and create about eight full-time jobs during the construction period.

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"Based on the information provided by the applicant, the new residential development will support increased business activity within the local construction industry, manufacturers and suppliers, and provides additional employment opportunities across various industry sectors," Ms Nugent's report to the council said.


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