A property in the centre of the Lennox Head business district may become the site of a new three-storey development in the main street. The property is currently home to the Lennox Head Post office and is opposite Ross Park in Ballina Street.
Planners Newton Denny Chapelle have lodged a development application with Ballina Shire Council on behalf of the landowner.
Local architects Harley Graham have designed a mixed use building comprising ground floor retail and restaurant spaces, first floor offices and two residential apartments on the second floor.
While the building does comprise three storeys, the developer says it still fits within the Council’s height limit for buildings in Lennox Head, except for the protruding lift shaft, which is 700mm above.
‘We have done a lot to ensure that this building is an asset to the town, including setting it back from the street and providing a walkway through from the main street to Park Lane,’ he says.
According to the documents lodged with the DA, ‘The proposed development will be a vibrant addition to the Lennox town centre. The design prioritises pedestrian experience and will create better connections via an integrated laneway which connects Williams Reserve to the Lennox Head foreshore.’
Being centrally located, the building is likely to attract a lot of interest from potential tenants. The owner, a Lennox Head resident, is seeking home-grown businesses that compliment the existing business mix in town. Businesses currently operating at the property have expressed an interest in the new tenancies.
The application is now being assessed by Council staff before being advertised publicly.