$3.2 million development to promote Caloundra urban culture
A NEW commercial development at Ormuz Ave and Lamkin Lane, Caloundra, is set to bring the urban culture associated with Melbourne and Sydney to the beachside CBD.
The $3.2 million Paisley Park Project commenced its first stage this year with the "activation" of the site's 1950s beach house, and will extend on the festive laneway culture already present in places like The Lane at Palmwoods and Junction Alley at Noosa Junction.
A restaurant and cafe with rooftop garden, open air cinema, juice and gelato bar, pop-up shops, microbrewery, wellness centre, design studio, and other small retail spaces will form part of the next stages of the Paisley Park Project development.
The renovated character building is now home to women's boutique Villa Verde Living, selling fashion, gifts and home decor.
Developer Wayne Moore said the 730sq m site, which included street frontage on Ormuz Ave, Lamkin Lane and Village Laneway, will blend original 1950s beach "shack" architecture with innovation and a "modern industrial edge" to create a unique space for inquisitive lane-going shoppers.
A key element of the project's philosophy would be greenery, he said.
"By retaining the large existing tree and incorporating large spans of vertical gardens and feature greenery wherever possible, a true urban sanctuary in the heart of the CBD will emerge," he said.
"What people love about Sydney and Melbourne, the laneways, is you go down there and it's this little world of discovery.
"You come, you flutter all over the place. You want to go everywhere and discover things."
He said the first stages of the Paisley Park development were about planting a seed in the minds of Caloundra residents and business leaders' that arts, culture and entertainment could drive urban renewal.
With that in mind, Paisley Park Project launched Lamkin Lane Live on December 16. The mini laneway festival was organised in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance.
The festival featured three live bands, a pop-up gallery, a pop-up bar, interactive light display and food trucks. It was a huge success and attracted 300 people on the Lamkin Lane side of the site, Mr Moore said.
Should there more 'urban' culture on the Sunshine Coast?
This poll ended on 27 December 2015.
Yes. It will shake things up and make staying on the Coast more appealing.
No. If people want that kind of thing they should go to the cities.
There should be a blend of urban culture and our coastal way of life.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
"The vision has always been to create a laneway festival for Caloundra and this was the best start you could hope for."
Mr Moore, a boutique residential developer and former chef, said the vision for the site and surrounding laneways started two years ago when he and his wife Anna Honders decided to create Paisley Park.
"I believe in the project because I know that Caloundra needs to start somewhere, and I know that enough people are … crying out for some real cultural shift in Caloundra," he said.
He said destinations had to be created, which was why he had formed a connection with project architect Phil Smith, of Deicke Richards.
"This site is really important because it has an opportunity to capture people as they're walking past," Mr Smith said.
Paisley Park Project
- New laneway with pop-up shops, food and drinks
- Cafe and restaurant
- Public art gallery
- Vertical gardens and rooftop garden
- Rooftop pop-up cinema space - the site of an envisaged film festival.
- Fashion boutique, gift and homewares shop at the original 1950s beachhouse - complete
- Gelato and juice bar, commencing March, 2016
- Venue and site of Lamkin Lane Live monthly street festival - commenced December 16, 2015