THE exciting new shape of Plainland was unveiled today - a $200m commercial and residential development on Gehrke Rd due to open in 2015.
Plainland Crossing will comprise of 200 homes and 12 hectares of bulk retail, commercial and trade services on a site north of the Warrego Highway, near the Woolworths Shopping Centre.
Developer Maddison Ridge said house construction of the first 43 lots would start in January with residents expected to move in by mid 2015.
Development manager Joe Gorman said Plainland Crossing had great location, established amenities and ease of access to Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane and business lots would be released to the market soon.
"A clear and certain approvals path is in place for business development," Mr Gorman said.
"The vast majority of likely business uses will be code-accessible development applications."
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said Plainland's catchment population would grow 30 per cent to over 50,000 in 15 years.
"Due to its highly visible location, it sits perfectly for those businesses that wish to capitalise on the 22,000-plus vehicles that pass by the site each day," Cr Jones said,
Cr Jones also officially opened the Plainland Crossing Residential Information Centre and new LJ Hooker Plainland office on the project site in Gehrke Road.
LJ Hooker Plainland / Laidley principal John Boyd said they were delighted to move back to the region after being forced to work from the Gatton office since the 2013 floods.
"We always intended to return to the Plainland Laidley area and when the developers progressed their plans for Plainland Crossing, it was an obvious choice to move out here," Mr Boyd said.
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