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What happens as a new mall takes shape in a bustling village

A multimillion-dollar mall expansion is taking shape in a Sunshine Coast village.

JThree new buildings have risen from the ground at the Forest Glen Village Centre, which is set to become a vibrant hub for surrounding communities and travelers using the Bruce Highway.

The village will be located at 354-370, chemin de Mons and, essentially, will extend over the old village center of the city.

With three planned development stages, it is expected to become a vibrant heart for the surrounding community, as well as serving nearby schools and businesses and passing vehicular traffic.

Phase 1 of the 6.6 ha site will offer more than 2,500 m² of retail space, including an IGA supermarket, as well as 2,500 m² of healthcare services in a unique green space.

Expected tenants include a craft brewery, day spa, florist, newsagent and post office.

It will have large parking spaces, against a backdrop of lush forest and with many green areas.

Michael White, Barry Lehmann and Tony Riddle on the construction site.

The center will offer residents greater connectivity and better access to nature, thanks to its network of user-friendly cycle and pedestrian paths.

Queensland construction company Tomkins Commercial won the construction contract in November, creating nearly 100 local jobs during the construction phase.

Construction manager Barry Lehmann said Tomkins always seeks to use local contractors on its projects when possible.

“Supporting local contractors and suppliers is an important Tomkins policy and we estimate that approximately 85% of the contractor companies employed for the Forest Glen Village Center expansion will be based locally on the Sunshine Coast,” he said. declared.

Artist’s impression of the mall. The first stage of the project is expected to be completed later this year.

In addition to the jobs that the construction phase of the project will create, materials will also come from local sources, including more than 2,700 m3 of concrete, 150 tonnes of reinforcement and 135 tonnes of structural steel.

“It’s exciting to see the three buildings of the expansion take shape, with all the precast panels now erected and shored up, and the aluminum frames in place.

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“Mechanical and electrical works are nearly complete in all three buildings and we are about to start structural works for the second level of building three with the suspended slab now complete.

“With the help of our local contractors, we are looking forward to the November/December 2022 completion date, as long as the weather on the Sunshine Coast continues to be good.”

Since the rental space was made public, Forest Glen Village Center chairman Tony Riddle said several businesses have secured their storefront in the new neighborhood.

An impression of the village, which should include a grocery store, health services and other outlets.

“We know the demand for local retail space is at an absolute premium and we are confident that all rental locations will be filled by project completion,” he said.

“The Sunshine Coast Council has predicted that an additional 85,000 people will call the area home over the next decade, so we know how important it is for the local community to have these additional services in the area.

“With parking for over 200 spaces, it’s the most convenient shopping destination and we’re proud to create a space that will be a one-stop-shop for families and businesses.”

See more at Forest Glen Village Centre. Businesses wishing to register their interest in rental space at the Village can email [email protected]

An impression of the center, which has plenty of parking spaces.

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