Sippy Downs Newest Food & Entertainment Hub
COAST play centre owner Stacy MacKeller says the features of a $16 million development made moving from her current location a "no brainer".Mrs MacKeller plans to have her Chipmunks Playland and Cafe out of Birtinya and into the new Central development at Sippy Downs by the start of December.
Developer Evans Long directors Matthew Evans and Dirk Long were at the Sippy Downs Dr site on Monday for the start of construction.
Mrs MacKeller said the facilities, location, increased size and parking access motivated to her to move her business. "The current location just can't fit us," Mrs MacKeller said."We want to get in first so that everyone knows where we are and can visit from there."
Mr Evans said a 120-space car park at the retail and food hub would be linked with the neighbouring Coles supermarket car park.It will feature Chipmunks, Dominos, Banjo's bakery, a Japanese food outlet and a boutique restaurant as well as a chemist and medical centre."We believe Sippy Downs has got to the level where it needs its own infrastructure," Mr Evans said.
He said University of the Sunshine Coast and Chancellor Park educational facilities as well as the currently-under-construction Youi international head office were examples of growth."We think it's about time we provided a little food precinct for the residents out here."Construction is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Mr Evans expected there would be 16 or 17 tenancies within the hub."If you average 10 to 12 employees per tenancy you will probably create a fair bit of employment for the area."Sunshine Coast Councillor Christian Dickson said Sippy Downs had changed in the past five years from a town centre that was not developing to a booming area.
"Now I'm getting complaints from people in the local area saying 'too much is happening, there is too much development'," Cr Dickson said."People are spoiled for choice and this is going to bring jobs to the local area."He said the area needed more developments like Central."This is no longer the forgotten suburb."Everything is happening here and it is happening very quick."He said he was really trying to sell the opportunities of the development.
"Families say they want jobs, on the other hand they say 'we are a bit worried about the development that's happening'."When we build these types of developments in an area that is approved... it gives people the opportunity to work in and have new experiences."