A RARE piece of vacant Scarborough beachfront will be home to 99 luxury apartments.
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority this week approved developer Norup Wilson’s 10-storey plan for a vacant block at 171 West Coast Highway near Pearl Parade.
Old brick flats were demolished at the end of last year to make way for the twin building development to be known as The Beach Shack.
Norup Wilson director Dave Wilson said the overwhelming MRA support was a significant achievement after months of negotiation.
The development had good design principles, low strata fees and facilities for “true beach lovers”.
“These facilities include storage for surf boards, kayaks… outdoor showers and places to dry your wetsuits,” he said.
“To ensure full utilisation of the carparks, we have a higher ceiling height to accommodate roof racks and paddle boards.
“Of course, we also have other facilities including sunset entertaining area, yoga room and games pavilion.”
MRA acting chief executive Sean Henriques said the authority welcomed high quality, contemporary design of this nature that responded well to the local coastal character of Scarborough.
“The development will contribute towards ongoing delivery of the Scarborough Master Plan, which continues to encourage private investment and development across the 100ha redevelopment area and complement the soon to be complete new-look foreshore,” he said.
The MRA knocked back developer 3 Oceans’ proposal last December for a 43-storey development at the corner of West Coast Highway and Scarborough Beach Road. 3 Oceans has taken its case for the twin towers to the planning minister.
One of the first buyers
Former Scarborough resident Jocelyn Field is one of the first to buy a Beach Shack apartment.
“I remember coming to Scarborough beach as a youngster and I loved the unblemished coastline and expansive ocean which stretched as far as the eye could see,” she said.
“With the new development and increased retail and hospitality you can see that the sense of community within Scarborough is flourishing and I believe it is an exciting time for the area.
“I personally can’t wait to step out of my apartment and walk straight on to the beach and go for a leisurely walk or a swim and I know that this lifestyle will be the envy of my friends.”
The Beach Shack will include one, two and three bedroom apartments. The one-room homes are priced from $454,000.
It will have a wave design as its major focal point.