ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: A shop-top housing development planned for the Sundowner Motel site on the corner of Kerr and River Sts, Ballina. Leith Architects
ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: A shop-top housing development planned for the Sundowner Motel site on the corner of Kerr and River Sts, Ballina. Leith Architects Leith Architects

Ballina in line for $12.7m commercial/residential development

PLANS have been lodged for a new shop-top housing development on a prime riverfront block in Ballina's CBD, with work estimated to cost more than $12.7 million.

The proposed new building is planned for the Sundowner Motel site on the corner of River and Kerr Sts.

The existing motel and restaurant would be demolished, making way for 36 units, a restaurant and five shops.

One existing Norfolk Island pine tree would be retained, along with a large pandanus tree.

Riverfront land would be dedicated for a public boardwalk.

Of the 36 apartments in the new building, there would be five one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units and 21 three-bedroom units, all above the commercial level from the second storey.

Steve Connelly from Lennox Head-based company Planners North said the application was lodged on behalf of the new site owner, Reside Living @ Ballina.

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: A shop-top housing development planned for the Sundowner Motel site on the corner of Kerr and River Sts, Ballina. Leith Architects
ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: A shop-top housing development planned for the Sundowner Motel site on the corner of Kerr and River Sts, Ballina. Leith Architects

"I think this is the right pitch for Ballina," he said.

"It's got a bit of commercial space and a good mix of residential living.

"And there will be a public boardwalk along the river.

"The architects (Leith Architects) have done a great job in terms of the design of the building.

"It will be a shot in the arm for Ballina to have a building like this at such a prominent intersection."

The proposed building will have a contemporary design using materials such as vertical fixed screens, glass louvres, adjustable shutters and public art work.

"The landscape design seeks to unite the neat and simplistic urban image of the CBD with the key natural assets that define the character of the broader Ballina area, being the river and beaches," the Planners North report states. And, additional residential units will have a "positive social and economic impact".

"Further, the proposed restaurant, retail and commercial floor space will also result in additional post-construction employment."


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