Cleveland CBD offers great potential: report

Redland City Council has today tabled the first report designed to identify future opportunities to rejuvenate the Cleveland CBD.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Commercial Investment Attraction Study phase one and two was part of a four phase project to breathe new life into the heart of Cleveland.

“The consultant’s report identified a number of strengths of the Cleveland CBD including a strong retail sector, proximity to public transport and visual amenity,” she said.

“It is these strengths that need to be highlighted to prospective investors to revitalise the CBD.

“The report also showed that employment in the CBD is dominated by the sectors of retail, accommodation and food services, public administration and health care and social assistance.”

Council spokesperson for tourism and CBD activation Cr Craig Ogilvie said the report also showed there is a large amount of potential for the commercial future of Cleveland.

“The strengths of the CBD open the door for a number of future developments,” he said.

“These include the potential for an expanded retail offering, including a new supermarket, development of an ‘eat street’ precinct and a GP super clinic to work in tandem with the existing hospital and health services such as the University of Queensland and MSIT.”

“The report also raises the possibility of targeting a younger demographic through retail offerings to attract young locals to shop in the Redlands.

Other opportunities identified by the report include the development potential in underutilised CBD sites, increased connectivity between the CBD and the wider transport network through the rail line, the consolidation of state and local government operations into the CBD area and development to increase residential population in the CBD.”