Making way for towers

THE Tender Centre in Tweed Heads was demolished yesterday, the last to be knocked down to make way for a long-awaited 183-apartment, four-tower high-rise development.

The building on the corner of Bay and Enid streets was the last to be demolished by Kingscliff-based Company D&L Demolition, with several homes already razed in Enid and Thomson Street, to make way for the start of construction later this year of Heron Building's mixed residential, retail and commercial development.

The Gold Coast company bought the sites off Citimark developers who had council approval for the 16, 15, nine and four-storey development since 2006.

"We thought the job would only take a few hours, but we are still at it because of the large amount of rubbish that has been left behind by the previous tenants of the Tender Centre," Mr Long said.

"There would have been about 27 truckloads of old furniture and stuff which could have been donated for the needy, but we have had to send it to the tip."

The house in Thomson Street was the first to be demolished by the company in May, after being attacked by arsonists several times.

Three houses in Enid Street, said by neighbours to have become a regular haunt for squatters and drug users, were demolished later that month.

Gold Coast company Heron Building said the development would include 781 square metres of ground-floor commercial space as well as a gym for use by residents.



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