Eye sore on the corner of Bay St and Wharf St Tweed Heads.
Eye sore on the corner of Bay St and Wharf St Tweed Heads. John Gass

‘Eyesore’ to become a retail and residential tower

THE owner of a prime vacant block of land in the heart of Tweed Heads widely condemned as an eyesore hopes to begin construction of an 11-storey mixed residential and retail tower on the site by early next year.

Property developer Majeed Tabrizi said the starting date for stage two of the Tweed Ultima development would depend on Tweed Shire Council's prompt approval of his change of use application for stage one on the Stuart St site bordered by Bay and Wharf Sts.

Deputy Mayor Michael Armstrong has asked for the matter to be dealt with in council as opposed to delegation to council staff.

The application, lodged in May, is due to go before council at Thursday's monthly meeting. "The thing that's holding it up is just the car parking business," Mr Tabrizi said.

Council staff have recommended its approval.

Cr Armstrong said there was a lot of public interest in the site which is why the application should be discussed in open council.

"I think it's too long for the community to have it left in the condition it's in," he said.

The 3500sq m site has laid dormant for several years since the previous building was demolished.

The site which has a fence around its perimeter has been a magnet for graffiti vandals and squatters.

Residents and business owners claim the vacant block is contributing to the squalid look of an area that should be a Tweed showcase.

With Bay and Wharf Sts poised for a $1 million facelift, business owners fear the area will retain its run down look unless there's also progress at the key site. Mr Tabrizi admitted the site was an "eyesore" but he said the new building would be an asset to the area.

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