Developers Look to Transform Eyesore on Waterworks Road Into New Community Asset

A 5,000-sqm property at 836-842 Waterworks Road in The Gap has sat empty and neglected for years, becoming an unfortunate magnet for vandals and thrill seekers. But this could finally change, with new plans submitted to redevelop what has become a massive eyesore into a hopefully bustling, multi-use complex.

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The property has a long and colourful history. It was originally purchased back in 1958 by pioneering property developer Renzo Zanuttini. At the time it was part of Zanuttini’s grand vision for the area. However, years later, the site sat mostly unused besides some small commercial enterprises.

In 2017 approval was granted by Council for a luxury residential development called Renzo’s Place. However, this project never eventuated and the approval is set to expire in November 2024. 

Photo Credit: Aspect

Since then the abandoned buildings on the site have been easy pickings for vandals, graffiti artists and urban explorers. The famous property has even gained notoriety on certain social media pages dedicated to ‘urban decay.’

Photo Credit: Aspect

Now fresh plans by architecture firm Aspect have been put forward to reinvigorate the site with a mix of healthcare facilities, childcare, residential apartments and a retirement village. The proposed multi-storey buildings are consistent with the height limits that exist for the property.

The new facilities aim to fill a need for more community and aged care services in the area and the redevelopment could breathe new life into a long-neglected site with a fascinating history. After so many years sitting dormant, the revival of 836-842 Waterworks Road could be a welcome change for the community.

Photo Credit: Aspect

The proposed mix of uses also caters to The Gap’s growing population. With more young families and elderly residents, demand is increasing for childcare, healthcare and retirement living options close to the suburb’s shops and amenities.

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If approved, the revival of this iconic inner-west Brisbane site will not just remove an eyesore vandal hotspot. It will provide new facilities and housing for a range of demographics, cementing the next chapter in the property’s long and colourful history. After decades of neglect, its renewed purpose may finally be realised.

Published 9-November-2023

The Gap Police Actively Searching For the Reckless Motorcycle Rider on Waterworks Road

A dangerous motorcycle driver has caught the attention of the police on 5th November, between 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. in The Gap.

The police found a motorcycle driver behaving erratically while riding on Waterworks Road. The rider was seen rapidly accelerating and carelessly overtaking another vehicle on the outside.

This kind of driving was observed within that 10-minute window between Pammay Street and Greenlanes Road, as the driver recklessly wove in and out of traffic.

The motorcycle is described as black in colour with black and white registration plates, whilst the rider was seen wearing a black leather jacket, green helmet and dark shorts.

As early as February of this year, eight people have already died in motorcycle accidents on state roads this year. In 2014-2016, Queensland has a recorded 12,028 registered motorcycles and in 2016, 4% of motorcycle rides take up the road in Queensland.

The locals at The Gap are very active in promoting road safety. In fact, The Gap Neighbourhood Watch is part of the Mt. Zero campaign that raises awareness of the dangers of Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious Roads whilst promoting driver safety especially on these roads.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact The Gap Police Station especially those who might have caught the incident on their dash cam. If you have any information or footage on this, you can report it here.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has a list of useful information and guidelines on motorcycle safety. You can read about it here.