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Controversial Boggo Rd Gaol Development Wins Approval

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Controversial plans to develop the Boggo Road Gaol precinct have been given the green light, paving the way for a two-storey retail and office space to be built alongside the 1880s era jail.

Brisbane City Council received hundreds of submissions against Stockwell's proposed development but following months of delays it granted approval for the project on Friday.

The two-storey building will be built between the heritage-listed Gaol and the CSIRO Sciences Building, and will also include works to the grounds backing on to the Annerley Rd end of the property.

▲A two-storey retail and office building will be built alongside the historic former jail at Dutton Park. Image: Stockwell
▲A two-storey retail and office building will be built alongside the historic former jail at Dutton Park. Image: Stockwell


The development will replace an existing tree-lined pedestrian and cycling boulevarde between the buildings with the new commercial building and an 87-space car park, with additional parking underground.

The gaol will back onto the Cross River Rail train station when it is completed, which is expected to serve 22,000 commuters daily.

Developer Mark Stockwell lodged the plans for the commercial precinct in 2019, after larger plans were scrapped a few years earlier.

Stockwell said the plans on the development application had been amended to preserve more of the 1980s-era section of the Gaol, originally earmarked for demolition. It also reduced 117 ground-level car parks to 87, and widened the pedestrian and cycling links.

Boggo Road Futures community group announced they would appeal the decision in the Planning and Environment Court.

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