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KFC dumped in revised plans for Koko Molonglo

Ian Bushnell 26 November 2019 18
Koko Molonglo mixed-use development

An image of the proposed Koko Molonglo mixed-use development from the website. Photos: Supplied.

John Krnc Group has dumped a proposed KFC takeaway store from its revised plans for the Koko Molonglo development in Wright, as well as reducing the number of apartments and increasing parking.

The company has lodged the revised plans for reconsideration after its original application for a staged mixed-use development across seven leases on the corner of Steve Irwin Way and John Gorton Drive was knocked back in August.

Original plans for the proposed eight-storey Koko Molonglo mixed-use development in Wright included 158 residential units, a 1500 square metre supermarket, five retail shops and basement parking, as well as a future 100-room hotel.

The apartment complex and hotel remain at eight storeys but now include 132 units and 91 rooms, and the company believes it has addressed concerns from the planning authority about traffic, a lack of pedestrian and cycling access, design, poor frontages and inadequate landscaping.

KFC has fallen foul of a public outcry about its suitability for the site.

ACTPLA also required the company to provide a Master Plan to clarify the extent and scale of the development.

It shows the first stage, the apartment complex with ground-floor retail and commercial space including the supermarket and a liquor store; and future stages – the hotel, a smaller four-storey mixed-use complex, including 17 apartments and a further nine townhouses.

The revised plans also show an internal pedestrian and cycle network with connections to public pathways and the public park to the west. A public plaza with grass and shade trees has been added, with a pedestrian bridge connecting it to the residential units in the main apartment block.

Koko Molonglo revised plans

Plans for the proposed eight-storey Koko Molonglo mixed-use development in Wright.

The reconsideration document says the lower level shared zone has been enhanced with greater variety of pavement, landscape and street furniture to create a ”high quality, safe and integrated space with good connectivity to other proposed leases and the plaza area”.

It says the revised plans include more active frontages and increased setbacks.

While the apartment block remains at eight storeys, it has been stepped back on one side and the building height lowered at the interface with existing residential development on Gornall Street, to reduce the scale and maintain solar access.

The Traffic Report says an extra 61 carparks have been provided for the residential apartments, bringing the total to 294, and 14 have been added to the commercial area for a new total of 173.

It says the site has an expected traffic generation of up to 377 vehicles in the AM peak hour and 470 vehicles in the PM peak hour, and this will have minor impacts to the future performance of the intersections, and negligible queues at the basement entries and exits.

There are four access points: direct access from the Steve Irwin Avenue/Banjo Paterson Avenue roundabout; two two-way access points along Gornall Street at the midblocks between the Steve Irwin Avenue/Max Jacobs Avenue and Max Jacobs Avenue/John Gorton Drive service road; and a single driveway from the John Gorton Drive service road.

The Koko Molonglo website says the mix of one, two and three-bedroom units will sell from $375,950 to $525,950. Commercial tenants include Woolworths Metro and BWS Liquor. KFC remains on the website but the revised plans make it clear it has been dropped.

With no progress in services being established in nearby Coombs, Molonglo residents may be more open to a revised Koko.


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18 Responses to KFC dumped in revised plans for Koko Molonglo
Barry Matson Barry Matson 11:30 am 29 Nov 19

Good move. No one ever needs fatty fried chicken.

Brian Muller Brian Muller 4:50 pm 28 Nov 19

So disappointing David Kusetic 😢

Deborah Jane Deborah Jane 12:58 am 28 Nov 19

I remember when James Court(?) was built in the city and it was marketed as having an international restaurant downstairs. It was McDonalds 😂😂😂

Stephen Esdaile Stephen Esdaile 9:39 pm 27 Nov 19

Urk. Imagine putting KFC in any proposal, other than one related to a demolition job.

Tim Rutherford Tim Rutherford 8:51 am 27 Nov 19

Hurry up and say yes so we can receive a Woolworths!

Sam Watson Sam Watson 7:51 am 27 Nov 19

Rachel Liang wrong development 😂

John Hutch John Hutch 8:15 pm 26 Nov 19

In many new suburbs around Australia, youth delinquency and anti-social behaviour due to boredom had declined once fast-food restaurants had opened as they provided employment opportunities and a place to socialise. I can understand the health concerns but it should be noted what had happened in other new development areas.

Hilary McClure Hilary McClure 6:49 pm 26 Nov 19

OMG could you imagine the smell, if you were living above the outlet! 😵🤢🤮

    Tony Morris Tony Morris 6:55 pm 26 Nov 19

    Hilary McClure Lived at James Court for a while. 5 floors up around the corner from the Maccas. Forget using the balconey or opening a window for fresh air.

Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 6:29 pm 26 Nov 19

Hotel?? Who would stay In molongolo?

    Andrew Collins Andrew Collins 9:07 pm 26 Nov 19

    Cyclists, trail runners, centenary trail people, weirdos 😁

    Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 9:08 pm 26 Nov 19

    Andrew Collins ahhhh. Didn’t think of stromlo cycling..... I’ll shut my mouth 🙂

    Andrew Collins Andrew Collins 9:08 pm 26 Nov 19

    Can't imagine there would be an enormous demand though

Steven Lloyd Steven Lloyd 6:25 pm 26 Nov 19

A lot more needs to be done for development of this building most turn out bad or eye sores and also limit night life around the area. A lot more planning is needed as they are just after profit that’s all

    Tim Rutherford Tim Rutherford 8:49 am 27 Nov 19

    Steven Lloyd stop trying to destroy our ability to get a super market!

Darron Marks Darron Marks 6:24 pm 26 Nov 19

Alexandra oh dam could have had an apartment with a KFC 😆

Jess Richardson Jess Richardson 6:09 pm 26 Nov 19

KFC would have been a weird fit for what seems like a boutique development

Toni Brooks Toni Brooks 6:06 pm 26 Nov 19

Just say no

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