Project director Kenneth Wagner and Minor Hotel Group chief operation officer Craig Hooley at the Oaks Hotel, the site of the former Gladstone Hotel. Picture: Nev Madsen.
Project director Kenneth Wagner and Minor Hotel Group chief operation officer Craig Hooley at the Oaks Hotel, the site of the former Gladstone Hotel. Picture: Nev Madsen.

10 massive developments that will shape Toowoomba in 2020

THE sound of construction will ring out across Toowoomba this year, as work continues on the developments that will shape and define our city in 2020.

Expect these 10 major projects to be finished before we see the year out.

Inspire South Central

SKY HIGH: LJ Hooker Toowoomba director Julie Stewart, Inspire South Central developer Barry Bernoth (centre) and LJ Hooker Toowoomba chief operating officer Jeremy Lewis.
SKY HIGH: LJ Hooker Toowoomba director Julie Stewart, Inspire South Central developer Barry Bernoth (centre) and LJ Hooker Toowoomba chief operating officer Jeremy Lewis.

DEVELOPER Barry Bernoth's Inspire South Central is quickly taking shape just outside the central business district of Toowoomba.

When complete, the Ruthven St complex will include 25 apartments, office space, retail tenancies and a cafe.

LJ Hooker Toowoomba chief operating officer Jeremy Lewis previously described the new building as a "first of its kind" in the Garden City.

"What we are seeing is Toowoomba is changing, it's becoming a more metro market place, and this is a really good example of that," he said.

Hutchinson Builders expects construction on the luxury residential tower to be finished this year.

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Glad development

Project director Kenneth Wagner at the Oaks Hotel, the site of the former Gladstone Hotel. Picture: Nev Madsen.
Project director Kenneth Wagner at the Oaks Hotel, the site of the former Gladstone Hotel. Picture: Nev Madsen.

THE Garden City's newest hotel is well under construction in Toowoomba's CBD.

The Oaks Hotel development, situated on the location of the former Gladstone Hotel, will include 102 hotel rooms, a 1000sq m conference space, bottle shop and retail.

According to developer Kenneth Wagner, the project will also include a large tavern fronting Ruthven St and the council's Kwong Sang Walk.

Expect to see the new CBD hotel finished by April.

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Restoring iconic pub

Kosta & Jasmine Theodosis in the Metropole Hotel on Ruthven Street. Photo Bev Lacey
Kosta & Jasmine Theodosis in the Metropole Hotel on Ruthven Street. Photo Bev Lacey

WORK is progressing to breathe life back into a long-dormant CBD pub.

Kosta and Jasmine Theodosis are renovating the Metropole Hotel, with plans to include a restaurant and budget accommodation.

They also want to cement the venue as a live music destination.

The venue has been the location of numerous watering holes since its construction in 1864.

Expect to see the former Metropole back up and running later this year.

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Club renovations

BIG changes are coming to one of Toowoomba's most well-known watering holes.

Toowoomba Regional Council gave the green light for the Toowoomba Sports Club to begin work on a massive renovation project in October.

Its owners, the Canberra District Rugby League Club, plan to demolish the ground floor reception, offices and lounge to build a new gaming room.

The current gaming room will be converted into a cafe lounge with outdoor seating.

The club entrance will be moved from Ruthven St to Russell St and a new, smaller stairwell will be built facing the new entrance.

The second-floor design includes extra lounge-style seating at the top of the stairwell, along with an enlarged lounge bar and bistro.

The club announced renovations had started in November but did not announce an expected completion date.

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New pub in pipeline

Monty Brewing Co husband and wife team Nathan Semmens and Valerie Chua are excited to start the build of the Range View Hotel in Highfields.
Monty Brewing Co husband and wife team Nathan Semmens and Valerie Chua are excited to start the build of the Range View Hotel in Highfields.

THE owners of an independent brewery in Highfields are busy building a new location on the New England Highway.

Monty Brewing Co's Range View Hotel will include a restaurant, bar, bottle shop and microbrewery.

The couple behind the brewery, Nathan Semmens and Valerie Chua, said they wanted to bring people together with the new development.

"We're hoping for something in between that's family friendly, dog-friendly, kid-friendly and with good alcohol too," Dr Chua said.

The Range View Hotel, which takes its name from a historic pub, will offer sweeping views over the escarpment when it is finished.

Expect Highfields' newest pub to open its doors in the first half of this year.

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Our first distillery

RIGHT TONIC: Pechey Homestead's John O'Brien is excited to develop his gin micro-distillery north of Toowoomba, after it was approved by the council.
RIGHT TONIC: Pechey Homestead's John O'Brien is excited to develop his gin micro-distillery north of Toowoomba, after it was approved by the council.

GIN lovers are in for a treat this year in Toowoomba, as progress continues on the city's first distillery.

Pechey Homestead owner John O'Brien received the green light from Toowoomba Regional Council in August last year to produce gin in a renovated 100-year-old creaming shed.

Mr O'Brien announced in November he was on track to have the first batch of gin on sale this month after gaining final approvals.

The distiller plans to use Darling Downs sorghum in combination with botanicals from his garden to distil the spirit.

He plans to open the distillery to the public on Sundays.

And even better news if you want to learn the craft - Mr O'Brien told The Chronicle last year he planned on running distilling workshops.

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Margaret St laneway

A new laneway is under construction on Margaret Street.
A new laneway is under construction on Margaret Street.

THE Garden City's newest laneway will open to pedestrians by the middle of this year.

Toowoomba Regional Council's $1.1 million project will connect one of Toowoomba's main CBD streets, Margaret St, to Jessie St and Annand St businesses.

"When completed the new walkway will provide a convenient pedestrian thoroughfare between the CBD and longer-term carparking and other retailers," Mayor Paul Antonio previously told The Chronicle.

Demolition works for the urban walkway and meeting place began back in August.

Construction is tipped to begin early in 2020 and be finished mid-year.

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Council's new depot

CONSTRUCTION on a new Toowoomba Regional Council depot in Charlton will be finished this year.

The $55 million facility will include a central operations and management building, three workshop buildings, a central store, a nursery and a State Emergency Service operations centre.

Councillor Geoff McDonald last year said the depot was required to replace ageing depots at Harristown and Oakey and the Toowoomba Nursery in Ramsay St.

Work on the Nass Rd building began back in July.

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Big changes at USQ

Artist impressions of what the new entry to USQ will look like.
Artist impressions of what the new entry to USQ will look like.

TWO major renovation projects have started at the University of Southern Queensland's Toowoomba campus.

These projects include renovations to the front entrance of the university and quad, and a new aviation precinct.

The quad renovations will create a welcoming entrance to the campus via a pedestrian walkway.

"Visitors will be directed to the centre of the campus from the front entrance to the quad using new vertical lighting elements, roof structures, planting and paving," Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said.

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Chain's ninth store

McDonald’s is heading to Westbrook
McDonald’s is heading to Westbrook

ICONIC fast food chain is building its ninth store in the Toowoomba region in 2020.

Hallmark Property announced in November it was building a McDonald's on Main St in Westbrook.

Development manager Geoff Kath said Hallmark had been in discussions with McDonald's a long time before finally reaching a lease agreement at 81-83 Main St.

"McDonald's is a blue-chip tenant. You're always looking for a national blue-chip tenant, of which McDonald's is one," he said.

The new store is expected to create 80 jobs.

Hutchinson Builders is contracted to build the property, which aims to open by Easter.

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