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Sunland’s Mermaid Waters Retail Village Gets Green Light

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Construction of The Lanes Retail Village is expected to start after Gold Coast City Council this week approved the development application to transform four hectares of land into a “leisure-lifestyle” retail precinct.

While Gold Coast-based developer Sunland says it is yet to formally appoint a construction group on the retail precinct, council's approval comes months after Sunland amended the project's design as a result of the pandemic's hit on the retail sector.

Council has granted approval for a 7,500sq m retail village that would sit within the developer’s sprawling 42-hectare master-planned project in Mermaid Waters.

The $82 million retail project will be located within the Lanes Residences development, and is expected to house more than 3000 people when complete.

▲ Construction will soon start on Sunland Group's 7,500 sq m retail village at Mermaid Waters following Coast council's approval.
▲ Construction will soon start on Sunland Group's 7,500 sq m retail village at Mermaid Waters following Coast council's approval.


Designed by Queensland-based Blight Rayner and Sunland’s in-house design team, the retail village will comprise laneways, a fresh food market hall with seven-metre high timber ceiling, cafés, restaurants, a health and wellbeing precinct, along with office space.

Sunland Group managing director Sahba Abedian said the group would now look to work with potential retailers.

“Along with 750-plus future residents of the adjoining apartments at The Lanes Residences, about 200,000 people will live within a 10-minute drive of The Lanes Retail Village.”

Sunland acquired the 42-hectare site from the Scheinberg family for a record $61 million in 2014, and first unveiled the Mermaid Waters project in 2018.

▲ Sunland Group’s The Lanes Residences’ under contruction. Image: Sunland.
▲ Sunland Group’s The Lanes Residences’ under contruction. Image: Sunland.


Two mid-rise residential buildings of the project are scheduled for completion mid-next year.

When complete, Sunland's masterplan will include four residential towers, the retail village, parklands and a community green space.

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