Shopping bonanza for Redbank
A LANDMARK shopping centre set to be the retail and community hub of a thriving part of Redbank is about to become a reality.
Ipswich City Council has given the green light to a new shopping centre on Brisbane Rd in Redbank.
The development application was approved this month.
It will be mean a major renewal of the Redbank town centre involving redevelopment of the newsagency, hairdresser and possibly a national computer store.
Owner Manos Saridakis said his business saw a void in the market and felt it was going to be a very busy part of Redbank.
“We see an opportunity for a great little hub of activity with food outlets and offices,” Mr Saridakis said.
“There’s even someone interested in opening an i Store. It’s got great potential.”
He said the shopping centre was already 33 per cent leased with other tenants keen to come on board.
“We’ll be starting construction in about three months. We’ve got to finalise the construction documentation,” he said.
“I’ve got all the draft drawings ready to go and artist impressions. It’s a two-stage project and it’s a five to six million dollar project.”
Ipswich City Council Planning and Development head Paul Tully said he was excited about what the project meant for Redbank.
Cr Tully said the shopping centre would breathe new life into an older part of the suburb without spoiling its heritage.
“It will be a first-class redevelopment of the site bringing a modern facility for local residents to the main street of Redbank,” Cr Tully said.
“The heritage listed Redbank School of Arts which adjoins the site will not be affected as a result of this new development.”
Mr Saridakis has already developed property around Goodna including the Coffee Club building at 12 Queen St, Goodna.
“I’m bypassing all of the doom and gloom and I’m very confident of prosperous development and opportunities within the Ipswich region,” he said.