NEW OPPORTUNITY: An artist’s impression of the apartments to be built on the corner of Hill and Archer Sts. INSET: Landowner and local man Bill Ouston.
NEW OPPORTUNITY: An artist’s impression of the apartments to be built on the corner of Hill and Archer Sts. INSET: Landowner and local man Bill Ouston. Contributed

Unit development in works for Emu Park

A MULTI-MILLION dollar block of beach house-style units is set to be built in the new year in Emu Park's CBD.

The $9 million development will see 16 units, built in townhouse style as well as single level, designed to blend with the Emu Park streetscape.

Landowner Bill Ouston said this was he and his wife's first apartment development under new business Beach House Property Group.

"We've done a lot of other land developments in the area," Mr Ouston said.

"It originally had houses on it but it's an ideal location for an apartment block because of its walkability - everything you need is within 400m, so that was our reason for purchasing it."

Employing local architect Paul Bishop, Mr Ouston said they worked together on the building plans and were happy with what they had come up with.

"We didn't want to build something that looked like it belonged in Noosa. We wanted to keep that village feel," he said.

"We're local people, we've been developing land here for 30 years, and we think this is good opportunity for Emu Park. We want to see it grow."

Mr Ouston said, although there were plenty of construction projects going ahead in Yeppoon, there wasn't much in the way of apartment living in Emu Park.

"The real estate market's pretty quiet at the moment, but the Capricorn Coast doesn't tend to go up or down by too much, which makes it reliable," he said.

In the making for about a year, Mr Ouston said they hoped to start construction in the first half of 2015.

Located on the corner of Hill and Archer Sts, there will be four units with two bedrooms and 12 with three bedrooms, all featuring different styles but in the beach house theme.

Mr Ouston said he was yet to hear from Livingstone Shire Council in regards to the public notification period where residents could provide feedback on the development.

"A neighbour to the property said he was going to send in a letter of support for the development, to say it's about time something like this happened for Emu Park," Mr Ouston said.



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