Toowoomba CBD is getting a makeover. The redevelopment, which began in November 2014, will become home to up to 160 specialty retailers and bring an additional 2000 available carparks to the authentic CBD.

After attaining much success from the redevelopment of The Office, Kenneth Wagner is now looking to upgrade The Gladstone Hotel, by turning it into a four-and-a-half high-rise hotel.

Mr Wagner said the development would be a 100-room short stay accommodation complex,

and will be managed by an international hotel operator. A boutique restaurant is also in the plans for the development.

“Construction is on track to begin mid-2017, with the hotel to be open by September 2018,” Mr Wagner said.

“The development involves fully demolishing the current Gladstone Hotel site as well as the adjoining Phat Burgers building.”

Spotted Cow owner, Phil Coorey has also reached out, sharing his plans to bring a rooftop bar to the CBD at the iconic Westpac building at the corner of Margaret and Ruthven St.

Along with his rooftop bar plans, Mr Coorey has also taken on the lease for the Mills Precinct with plans to host functions, weddings, festivals and pop-up events.

The Grand Central makeover is expected to cost $500 million and Stage 2 opened to the public on Wednesday, 29 March, with further progressive openings throughout the year.

On April 20, there will be an Enterprise Evening held, hosted by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise. The evening will be spent exploring the five major proponents currently reshaping the CBD. On the night, Barry O’Sullivan will be taking attendees through the next phase of the projects as well as its advanced designs.

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