BIG CHANGES: Demolition for a new shopping centre is well underway in Fernvale.
BIG CHANGES: Demolition for a new shopping centre is well underway in Fernvale. Claudia Baxter

Fernvale in for big spruce up

THE main street of Fernvale is in for a major overhaul.

A series of buildings along the Brisbane Valley Hwy have been knocked down in the centre of the Somerset town.

The development, near the Post Office on the main street, will be the future site of a shopping centre.

The centre was initially approved by the Somerset Regional Council in 2007, close to the same time as when the now operational Woolworths centre was approved.

Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann said he was pleased to see economic development ongoing in Fernvale.

"It's good to see businesses showing confidence in Fernvale," he said.

"There's been a lot of housing development there so this kind of development should provide jobs for some of those people and keep jobs and dollars in the area."

Cr Lehmann said he was unaware of the developers' plans for the tenants of the building.

"Who might be taking up the leases at this stage we don't know. I imagine there could be a number of smaller specialty shops, but I don't know any specifics."

Cr Lehmann said with demolition and clearance work under way he was hoping construction wouldn't be far away.

"It's good to see it finally being developed," he added.

"As I understand it the development will be a stage type development, where I think there will be three stages of the centre built."

Cr Lehmann said the growth of Fernvale's commercial sector through the shopping centre would be a huge boon for the growing town.

The proposed new centre would include 2635sq m of commercial and retail space as well as 132 car parks.

The changes to the initial proposal will mean more space is dedicated to street front shops along the Brisbane Valley Hwy.

Cr Lehmann said the centre was the latest development in the booming town whose population is expected to nearly triple after the approval of a new 1330-lot housing estate.



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