Crunch time for Byron shopping plaza plan
CRUNCH time has arrived for a controversial plan to build an $18 million shopping plaza on Jonson St in Byron Bay.
The Byron Shire Council will today decide whether to allow the two-storey Mercato on Byron retail complex to be built.
The developers were sent back to the drawing board last month after their design, which included a huge glass atrium shaped like a spiral shell at its entrance, was deemed unsuitable for the area.
They came back with a revised design which has been recommended for approval by council officers, subject to height restrictions.
The ground-floor supermarket will have a floor space of 3406sq m.
A seven-theatre movie theatre with a total of 500 seats is included in the plan.
Councillor Chris Cubis said the developers were interested in installing top-up stations for electric cars within the basement parking.
He said the project had divided the community and would "change the Byron Bay style of shops from strip shops to a plaza".
"There are a lot of things happening in Byron which haven't happened for 20 years," he said.
"We got six new councillors at the last election, so we're probably not going to deal with things in the same way we used to."
The mall will only be approved if the developers cut back the height of their design from 14.51m at its peak to 11.5m.
A small "centrally located roof area" providing natural light and ventilation will be allowed to reach a height of 13m.
They must also build a roundabout at the intersection of Jonson and Carlyle Sts.
NEW SHOPPING CENTRE
First-floor retail shops
Two levels of basement parking
Terrace over Jonson St road reserve