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Plans revealed for Mooloolaba's first 5-Star Hotel

15 April 2019

The Sunshine Coast Council has received a development application for an international standard 5-star hotel and residential development on Mooloolaba Esplanade.
Aria Property Group's application detailed its plans for the $250 million 14-story building which will include 139 hotel rooms and 66 residential apartments. 
The ground floor will house a mix of retail and hospitality venues as well as a hotel bar and signature restaurant, while the rooftop will boast a public rooftop bar and restaurant and a pool with ocean views.


The hotel is pegged to be located at 1 The Esplanade, opposite Mooloolaba Surf Club and where a cafe, gelato parlor and small restaurants currently reside.

The site has been owned by Rod Forrester since 1991 and a previous application by Aria for the 2588-metres squad was rejected by the council in 2009.
Another application in 2016 was made for a $200-million development, but Aria requested the council defer its decision after they could not reach an agreement over a proposed on-site public carpark.
 The latest proposal is a code-assessable application.
Divisional Councillor John Connolly says Aria Property Group has now taken the time to ensure it meets council's development requirements.
"It's a code assessable DA, (development application) the height, the setbacks - everything was within the code... and I expect it to be approved," Cnr Connolly said.
“It’s fantastic that today they’ve lodged officially for a five star or five-and-a-half-star hotel on the Sunshine Coast, our first one, which will add tremendously to the tourism offering in Mooloolaba."


Greenery is a prominent feature of the artist/s impressions, with plants to be established on a number of levels.
The residential mix proposed includes four penthouses, four sub-penthouses, 47 two-bedroom apartments and 10 three-bedroom apartments and a total of 220 carparks.
John Connolly said the new proposal will not cast shadows on the beach.
“All the testing has been done, there’ll be no shadows on the beach.
Mooloolaba remember, is a north facing beach, so shadows on the beach are impossible to have. I think we are very lucky to have it; it'll be a great offering."



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