Affordable housing draws buyers to emerging coastal hot spot

first_imgBotanica at Sippy Downs by Habitat Development Group. Habitat Development Group’s One Tree development at Sippy Downs. Photo: SUPPLIEDDevelopers have predicted Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast as an emerging hot spot with affordable housing a key to population growth.Habitat Development Group is so confident in the area as a future residential, business and tech hub, that it is proceeding with another three projects worth $75 million in the Sippy Downs region.Work is well advanced on its eight-storey, 72 apartment One Tree project which will be completed this year.And work is also underway for another 60 units and 44 units in two separate projects (Forest Edge and Botanica). A computer generated image of what Sippy Downs will look like when the developments are completed. Photo: Supplied. Habitat Development Group managing director Cleighton Clark said the company had already delivered four, sold-out apartment buildings in Sippy Downs with another three under construction.“We’ve built 600 units in the Sippy Downs region in the past six years and are very confident in the area as a future hot spot,” he said. “Vacancies in our completed projects are tracking between zero and 0.5 per cent which provides a lot of confidence to keep building.”Steele Clarke, Habitat Development Group’s director, described Sippy Downs as an “evolving township”.Steele said the project had come under budget and they reduced the cost of apartments at One Tree by $15,000 each.“Buyers are saving money because of the efficiency of our construction,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“We import building materials from overseas so we can build quality products at affordable prices. Our motto is to always leave money on the table for the buyer.”Steele said affordability was a huge selling point of Sippy Downs. With median house and unit prices around $100,000 less than neighbouring suburbs, Sippy Downs is being touted as an area that will benefit from future property price growth. Habitat Development Group’s One Tree development at Sippy Downs. Photo: SUPPLIEDCleighton said the developments were close to the university and only 10 minutes to the beach but a lot more affordable which made it easier for first homebuyers and investors. “The median house price in Sippy Downs is $505,000 – that’s $160,000 less than neighbouring Buderim, while the median unit price is $365,000 which is $55,000 less,” he said.Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said it was unusual to be able to buy a new property at that price point so close to major beaches.“Sippy Downs has all the right fundamentals for future demand which would lead to property price growth. It has a university campus and that is always a major piece of infrastructure that will attract investors and owner occupiers,” he said. Forest Edge apartments by Habitat Development Group. Photo: SuppliedThe Sippy Downs local plan, which was updated in 2014 as part of the Sunshine Coast regional plan, nominated the town centre, next to the University of the Sunshine Coast campus, as a major regional activity centre.It is earmarked for significant retail, commercial and community activity and proposes a Sippy Downs Business and Technology Sub-Precinct next to the town centre core and the university campus.Other major companies to commit to the area include insurance group Youi, which opened its $72 million global headquarters in the Sunshine Coast Technology Precinct.last_img read more

Adu-Gyamfi named Kotoko Acting Board Chairman

first_imgPaul Adu-Gyamfi, a legal practitioner has been named Acting Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko following the resignation of Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong.Adu-Gyamfi, a former President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) was elevated to the top position at a meeting by the Board on Monday, to discuss issues relevant to the progress of the club.A highly placed source has informed GNA Sports that the legal practitioner will serve in that capacity until the owner of the club, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, makes a pronouncement on the future direction of the current league champions.The Porcupine Warriors have been without a Board chair since Dr. Sarpong tendered his resignation last week to the Life Patron, a development which has shaken the foundation of the club.The meeting according to the source was attended by seven board members excluding Kabral Blay-Amihere (Chairman, National Media Commission) and Madam Agnes Osei.Also discussed were the financial status of the club, recruitment for next season as well as the future of head coach Mas-Ud ‘Didi’ Dramani. Meanwhile, the Board has resolved to participate in the Top Four tournament; organized by the Ghana League Clubs Association and features the top four clubs at the end of last season.Other participants for the Top Four are Berekum Chelsea, Medeama and Ebusua Dwarfs.Kotoko has been the news in recent times with revelations on the transfer of players the bedrock of the headlines.last_img read more

PBC Nears 6,000 Cases, No New Deaths; Miami Hits 18,000 Cases

first_imgAccording to the Florida Department of Health, there were 56,163 total cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Sunday, or 739 more than the previous day.At least 2,451 Florida residents have died from the coronavirus, as 4 new deaths were reported. -337 deaths-Men: 3,013; Women: 2,880-1,197 hospitalizations-98 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayBroward County: 7,123 cases-313 deaths-Men: 3,436, Women: 3,517-1,555 hospitalizations-56 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayMiami-Dade County: 18,000 cases-700 deaths-Men: 8,966, Women: 8,8839-2,957 hospitalizations-174 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 1,022,265-Positive: 56,163-Negative: 965,186-Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.5%Some Publix, Home Depot Stores in Florida to Offer COVID-19 Testing Palm Beach County: 5,996 caseslast_img read more

PBC Schools District to Survey Parents, Detail Opening Plans in July

first_imgSuperintendent Fennoy expects some students to stay away from campus when classes do start again. He says the district is expected to continue providing options for those students to learn online.District spokeswoman Claudia Shea says the results of the survey will not dictate the reopening plans, but will instead be used to help administrators make more informed choices.“It’s not going to guide our decision,” she adds. “We’re looking for information to help make our decision.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended last month that schools resuming in-person classes reduce their class sizes enough to space students’ desks at least six feet apart.The CDC also suggests that students and teachers use face coverings whenever possible, and that children stay with the same teacher all day.This week, the state’s largest teachers union, the Florida Education Association, also called for schools to screen students and employees regularly for symptoms, to limit the number of students in classrooms and on buses in order to allow for physical separation, and to restrict students’ movement on campus.Board members are scheduled to receive an update on the Palm Beach School District’s reopening plans at a public workshop on June 10. Parents and students in should know what the school reopening plans are by the middle of July, Palm Beach Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy said on Wednesday.The school district plans to survey every school parent, in order to obtain a sense of how many students could return to campuses when classes start again Aug. 10.Fennoy announced at a school board meeting that the online survey will be sent this week to the families of the district’s 174,000 students.It will also about topics including families’ comfort level in returning their students to school and using school buses.The responses will then be considered by a committee of district officials that have been tasked with studying various reopening scenarios, according to a timeline that was presented to board members Wednesday.The Reopening Task Force is scheduled to present various reopening options to district leaders on July 8. A formal announcement of the district’s reopening plans is then expected on July 15.“Although this can feel like an uncertain time for all of us, I want to be clear we do know school will be in session in some form once the academic year begins,” Fennoy explains.last_img read more