The Star chairman John O’Neill said the decision to proceed with the masterplan’s second tower was a show of confidence from the consortium.
“While we continue to work through and manage the serious impacts of domestic and international border restrictions on our business and the industry more broadly, the decision to proceed with our second tower is part of our unwavering commitment to the Gold Coast.
“We all know how strongly the Gold Coast resonates as a premier holiday location, particularly for those from the southern states.
“There is also a growing number of Australians who want to work, live, and play here.
“It all helps underpin our confidence in the Gold Coast and south east Queensland tourism,” O’Neill said.
The tower’s hotel will span 14 levels above the buildings six-level podium while residential apartments, ranging from 55sq m to 168sq m, form the upper levels.
It is understood, 70 per cent of the one, two, and three-bedroom apartments on offer within the project have already been sold since pre-sales began in May 2019 with prices ranging between $596,000 and $1.8 million.
The tower’s retail offerings will combine with the Dorsett hotel and apartment tower via a connected concourse featuring more than 12,050sq m of retail and resort facilities.
The Star and the Queensland government had been in talks over an exclusive 30-year casino licence to operate on the Gold Coast.
However, talks were concluded last year with the state government continuing to eye potential rival operators to come into the Gold Coast market, with rumours of possible interest by Hard Rock International, Lawrence Ho’s Melco and Hong Kong-listed gaming company NagaCorp.
The end of the talks with the Queensland government come after Star finalised a deal with the NSW government to give it exclusive licence for poker machines in NSW over the next 21 years, until the end of 2041.
Source: The Urban Developer