Continuing the expansion in Brisbane’s middle ring suburbs is the announcement of a brand new transport-orientated development of Ferny Grove Train Station. The $120 million redevelopment will include improved parking, increased local amenities, a retail offering with childcare facility, and a residential development of 64 apartments. The project will be developed by Queensland-based Honeycombes Property Group, who has been appointed to the project by the Queensland Government after an extensive tender and review projects. There have now been formal plans submitted for Brisbane City Council. The redevelopment will extend over the 3.5 hectare site and focus on improved transport access to the area, as well as boosting the community profile of Ferny Grove.
The existing car parking space will be expanded from 973 to 1,732, taking the current flat concrete carpark to a multi-storey carpark to the northern side of the development. As well as almost doubling the parking spaces for commuters, there will also be allowances for 469 spaces for the proposed retail and residential areas.
The vision of Honeycombes Property Group is to develop the Ferny Grove transport hub into a ‘neighbourhood village’. The current proposal includes Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and Majestic Cinemas as well as a childcare facility, medical facilities and food and drink operators.
The development also includes a proposed residential component, with 64 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. 13,600m of retail space is also proposed to take up the ground level of the residential buildings. The rooftop of this apartment development will include a recreational deck exclusive for residents, featuring a pool and BBQ area.
The whole development will have Ferny Grove Train Station and Bus Interchange at the heart of the project, with connectivity and increased local amenity a top focus. The proposal was formed out of extensive community consultation.
The upgrade of was initially announced as part of the Queensland Government’s 2017/2018 budget, with a $1.2 million contribution from the government guaranteed for the project. Ferny Grove State Labour MP Mark Furner stated “the Ferny Grove transport-orientated development will be transformational”, as part of his Budget Reply. “It will create a vibrant precinct with fast, efficient, frequent railway transport right to the front door,” he said.
Pending council approval, construction is expected to commence in 2019 and will be completed approximately a year and a half afterwards.