$25m retail centre planned for Maclean
By PETER ELLEM
THE McConaghy Group, owners of Grafton Shoppingworld, are well advanced with plans to develop a $25-million shopping centre at the southern gateway of Maclean's CBD.
The Brisbane-based managing director, Robert McConaghy, yesterday unveiled his vision for a proposed 3200-square-metre shopping centre and 20 specialty shops.
McConaghys has provided Clarence Valley Council with a retail study of the fast-growing Lower Clarence and is seeking its support before lodging a development application.
Built on a scale between a neighbourhood and a regional shopping centre, it would sit on a largely flood-free site bounded by River, Church and Taloumbi streets overlooking the Clarence River.
Mr McConaghy said the project would create an estimated 200 jobs and service Maclean, Townsend, Gulmarrad and outlying areas.
He confirmed that his company had contractual arrangements in place with the owners of all properties involved, but wanted to respect their privacy. Most of the land is zoned commercial, but some would require rezoning from residential to commercial. Mr McConaghy declined to name an anchor tenant at this stage.
If council approves a future DA, Mr McConaghy said his company could start construction in Maclean once Grafton Shoppingworld was completed in about 18 months.
Under the plan, there would be covered parking for 230 vehicles, extra on-street parking, a bus stop and set down area adjacent to the shopfront on River and Church streets.
Mr McConaghy said the Lower Clarence had experienced rapid population growth in recent years, and this shopping centre would be consistent with, and part of, that growth pattern.