Sydney Tools has lodged an application to set up shop on Johanna Boulevard in the same week that Total Tools was granted development approval on the street.
The Sydney Tools Material Change of Use application for hardware and trade supplies was lodged by Baywater Holding Pty Ltd over land at 20 Johanna Boulevard, Kensington.
If approved, the development would have a gross floor area of 2424 m sq and fill the vacant lot between Bunnings Warehouse and the Boulevard Lodge.
“The proposed development is a natural consequence of the established character of the precinct, the zoning of the land and is a logical development of the site,” the application said.
The proposed hours of operation are 7.30 am to 5 pm seven days a week.
Sydney Tools is a family-owned company that operates throughout Australia and, according to the development application, would employ six to 12 staff onsite.
“The proposal provides a direct public benefit to the regional catchment with respect to economic development and employment,” the application said.
Onsite carparking for 51 cars has been catered to, with local architect Tomas O’Malley preparing the plans for the building.
“The business provides a facility that would be similar in appearance and scale to others in the locality and the commercial built form is typical of the type of development along Johanna Boulevard,” the application said.
“In that regard the development is commensurate with the local role and function of the centre.
“As demonstrated in the attached proposal plans, the development also incorporates a standard of urban design and landscaping that would positively contribute to the streetscape…”
The application comes amidst an apparent hardware boom for the region with a Total Tools application over the former Chipmunks building approved this week.
The development application for Sydney Tools is currently with Bundaberg Regional Council’s development group for assessment.