Redland City Council has today approved a $36 million masterplanned retail and residential development for Thornlands, which will deliver a supermarket, specialty stores, a service station, medical centre, recreational space and new housing over the coming years.
The new project - to be called Paradise Garden - is located on the corner of Boundary Road and Panorama Drive, and is an integrated residential, recreational and lifestyle development by the Wong family, which has held land in the Redland Shire for 60 years.
Family member Daniel Wong says his family has worked hard to determine the best use for the landmark, ‘Round Shop’ 6.25 hectare site, with the resulting Paradise Garden masterplan set to provide a range of benefits for the Thornlands and wider Redland City community.
The masterplan includes two precincts - with stage one comprising a 2.4 hectare neighbourhood centre, with a 4,100sqm full line supermarket, a service station, a retail warehouse, medical centre and a variety of specialty stores.
Stage two will feature a mix of two storey detached and semi detached terrace, townhome and duplex residential dwellings and 1.5 hectares of landscaped parklands which will retain the farmland heritage of the site.
There are also plans for an open air herbal garden café with an emphasis on the use of local produce.
Mr Wong said Paradise Garden would elevate Thornlands' appeal as a shopping, dining and lifestyle destination with a difference in central Redland Bay.
"My family has a strong connection with this area and we thought very carefully about what Thornlands already offers and what needed to be created in order to make the community an even better place to live, work and play," he said.
"We decided that Thornlands would benefit most from a neighbourhood centre that could cater for future population growth - with research showing that an additional 3,500 people are expected to move to the area over the next six years.
"Paradise Garden will provide a place for some of these residents to work - with about 215 ongoing local job opportunities to be created - and a place to live, with approximately 40 new homes to be created in future stages.
"It's also about offering greater variety and convenience, with a full-line supermarket and a good mix of health, beauty, food and service-based tenants on board to meet everyday needs of the local community.
"Paradise Garden's convenient and strategic location at the junction of major roads leading to the highway and towards the coastline to Cleveland and Victoria Point means it is also well positioned to service those who live in surrounding areas and travel into the city for work.
"Above all, Paradise Garden is a community that is being created by my family for other families. We want people to see this as not just another shopping centre but a place where they can bring their children to explore the parklands, enjoy a fresh meal with friends and shop local to support other Redland Bay families."