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  • Writer's pictureBruce Giddings

Deception Bay Set For High Rise Living

A long-anticipated high-rise will be built next to the water at Deception Bay if Moreton Bay Regional Council approves a development application by a Sydney company.

The 108-apartment complex would drag the sleepy suburb of Deception Bay (population around 20,000) into the heady realm of the larger-scale coastal lifestyle options already available in other parts of Moreton Bay.

“According to the applicant Bathla, the apartments are 'intended for owner occupiers, in particular empty-nesters and downsizers'.

The apartments would occupy a 2908 square metre site near the water at 7 Captain Cook Parade and 5 and 7 Wallin Avenue, about three minutes from the newly redeveloped Market Square shopping centre.

The seven-story development would feature two buildings and consist of 50 apartments with two bedrooms, 43 with three bedrooms, eight with four bedrooms, six with one bedroom and one apartment with five bedrooms.

According to the applicant Bathla, the apartments are "intended for owner occupiers, in particular empty-nesters and downsizers." They will feature large windows with aluminium and wood highlights and large outdoor areas and balconies.

The project, valued at $32.4m, would be one of many undertaken by the Bathla Group, which has operated since 1997.

The two buildings would take up what is referred to in town planning terms as an "infill" site. They would provide much higher-density living than the surrounding suburb.

With the council wanting to increase density in existing suburbs across Moreton Bay to limit urban sprawl into greenfield spaces, residents can expect to see more use of infill sites like this in the future.

An urban renewal journey in Deception Bay would likely bring about the gradual gentrification of the long-settled area, with an accompanying rise in real estate prices.

Already the Deception Bay esplanade has many ingredients necessary for revitalisation, with timber boardwalks, viewing platforms, barbeques, picnic facilities and a cycleway.

There are also cafes, shops and attractive parks within easy reach of the site at Captain Cook Parade. The proposed 108-apartment complex will have 81 bicycle parking spots in the basement.

But not everyone will see a development of this size as a net benefit for the suburb. The prospect of high-rise buildings scattered along the bay's edge will cause many locals to consider the benefits of their current lifestyle and crystalise an opinion for or against large-scale coastal infill development in Deception Bay.

Residents can have their say about the development application on the MBRC website


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