DA delays building of Ultima

By ED SOUTHORN

CONSTRUCTION work on the $100 million Tweed Ultima residential, commercial and retail precinct in Tweed Heads is not expected to start before January next year.

However, a sales office for the project is being built on the key site between Wharf and Stuart Streets and is expected to open soon.

Tower Builders Pty Ltd managing director Majeed Tabrizi yesterday told the Daily News the project was still waiting on development application approval from NSW Planning, which has taken control of the approvals process from Tweed Shire Council.

Mr Tabrizi said he expected the approvals to be finalised within two to three weeks.

He said construction of Tweed Ultima therefore would not begin until January or February next year.

Mr Tabrizi said in August this year that he hoped to obtain planning approvals within four weeks, so that construction of Tweed Ultima could begin before Christmas.

He revealed in August that a 15-storey tower initially planned for the Stuart Street edge of the site had been "split" into two towers on the advice of NSW Planning.

This would reduce the impact of one large tower at the rear of the site and improve pedestrian links between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta in line with the Tweed Heads Town Centre Masterplan.

Mr Tabrizi yesterday said the project had become a "little more expensive" as a result of the changes based on State Government advice.

But he said the changes would make the project better for the local community.

Mr Tabrizi said he hoped to make a more detailed statement on the Tweed Ultima project in the next few weeks.



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