A vacant site on David Low Way that was historically used for sugar cane farming is set to be transformed into a combined service centre with fast food stores and a “freight friendly” petrol station.
The development proposal is currently being considered by the Sunshine Coast Council and seeks approval to build a service centre with eight pumps and three different drive-through food outlets across 1525sq m at Pacific Paradise.
According to the proposal prepared on behalf of Paradise Holdings Pty Ltd, the service station will generate 200 jobs and become an employment and economic hub for the Sunshine Coast if the plans are approved.
The proposal states the development will support traffic heading along the Sunshine Motorway as well as the Sunshine Coast Airport.
The “modern” design comprises of the four tenancies which are separated by carparking and landscaping and incorporates various external facades and battening elements.
The development would also provide a range of economic and community benefits, including a Community Garden Initiative, the planning documents state.
The garden will span over a 13,656sq m section of land, with an agreement between the applicant and Swallowtail Nursery to use the land for a nursery and associated education activities.
Another unique element of the service station proposed was its ability to accommodate both passenger vehicle and freight movement along David Low Way and the Sunshine Motorway.
“There are no ‘freight friendly’ service stations along the entire extent of the Sunshine Motorway and Emu Mountain Road, with the earliest directly accessible ‘freight friendly’ service station being the one located on the Bruce Highway at Glasshouse Mountains,” the application states.
“As such, the proposed development is critical to satisfy both passenger vehicle and freight movement not only in the Study Area, but across the Sunshine Coast Region.”
The land uses surrounding the development comprise of residential dwellings, the Maroochy River Golf Club, an Energex Substation, as well as the Twin Waters West future development that is currently under appeal.
A total of 113 car spaces will be included in the design, along with two delivery and waste collection zones.