A CAIRNS property developer is aiming to transform the Trinity Beach waterfront into a new hub for working professionals.
A longstandingbuilding at the corner of Vasey Esplanade and Trinity Beach Road has beendemolished to make way for a $6 million restaurant, retail and office spacedevelopment.
Owned byresident Stephen Paino, the two-storey Beach House project is tipped forcompletion late next year.
“I’m anxious to see it built as soon aspossible so it becomes, once again, a hub for the Northern Beaches,” he said.
The building’sground floor will be an 1150sq m space housing restaurants, a convenience storeand several more retailers. It is understood former tenant, the popular TrinityBeach Bar ‘N’ Grill, will return to the new-look site, while several otherbusinesses have shown interest in leasing ground floor space.
Upstairs will be800sq m of commercial offices with Mr Paino scrapping initial plans forresidential apartments. “We’ve gone this way because of the market. It’s toocostly to build units these days and try to sell them,” he said. “We want totry and get the professionals – accountants, lawyers, financial advisers – tostay at the beaches and not come into town.” La Spina Homes is the maincontractor while architect Gordon Beath of Edge Architecture worked on thedesigns.
First flagged asa three-storey building, the development was a point of controversy with somelocals fearing it would deter from Trinity Beach’s laid-back lifestyle.
The projectreceived more than 60 submissions before it was approved by Cairns RegionalCouncil in 2013.
But Mr Painosaid Beach House, which has since been downsized, would benefit the NorthernBeaches community. “We’ve got to move with the times with better facilities andmore choice,” he said. Cairns Division 9 councillor Brett Olds said Beach Housewould be “phenomenal”. “Change can create headaches but when it gets done thewhole corner site will be bigger and better than before,” he said