The long-awaited Coomera Town Centre is growing even before the first sod has been turned, with an expansion of the first stage on the cards, potentially creating another 100 jobs.
The future planned centre, only 11km from Stockland Ormeau Ridge, promises to create 1200 jobs during construction and 1600 permanent positions once it opens.
Developer, Westfield, wants to add cinemas, offices and even a nightclub to the first stage which is expected to be started early next year after more than two decades on the drawing board.
When built, the billion-dollar development on Foxwell Rd will be the largest shopping precinct in the city’s north.
Westfield has applied to the Gold Coast City Council to boost the first stage from 55,000sq m to 61,000sq m to take in the new facilities.
“The people of Coomera have been waiting for this project to come to fruition for many years and are now on the cusp of it becoming a reality." -Area councillor, Cameron Caldwell
“Westfield is a market leader in the retail sector and we are lucky to have them being active on the Gold Coast.”
The $500m first stage was approved by the Gold Coast City Council last year but stalled until the Exit 54 interchange on the M1 was upgraded.
The expanded first stage is believed to be a result of that upgrade which was finished earlier this year.
The 21,000sq m second stage will include a multi-level department store, a dining precinct, outdoor beach and multiple commercial retail spaces.
Gold Coast North Chamber of Commerce president Gary Mays said the project would be a major focal point for the city’s north and create jobs.
However, he warned the approaching start of construction would require a traffic solution on Foxwell Road.
“It doesn’t worry me how big it is but I do have concerns about the traffic on Foxwell Road,” he said.
“It needs to be fixed now because the traffic is diabolic.”