20 February 2020

O'Connor tourist park to replace Boronia Motel with villas

| Ian Bushnell
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New villa design

An artist’s impression of the new villa. Images: Purdon Planning.

The Alivio Tourist Park in O’Connor, which has been transformed in recent years by a multi-million upgrade, will continue its evolution with plans to pull down its Boronia Motel and replace it with villas.

Well known for its inner city bushland location, the park changed its name in 2013 after an $8 million upgrade, and has since added new garden villas, new amenities block, a camp kitchen, play and barbecue areas and, last year, a waterplay space.

The 2011 Master Plan had included the demolition of the Boronia Motel and the construction of the villas but was left out of the original development application.

The 10-unit Boronia is at the south of the block, fronting Kunzea Street, next to the administration block.

The development application prepared by Purdon Planning says the amenities block between the motel’s two sections will be retained. Four villas will be located west of the administration building and three to the east.

Kunzea Street location

Location on Kunzea Street of the proposed redevelopment.

The two-bedroom villas will each contain a kitchen, living area and veranda overlooking the adjacent bushland beyond Kunzea Street.

Landscaping at the rear of the units will be remediated or maintained if and where appropriate. The front and back of the villas will be built with a timber-look cladding, while the sides will be a grey-painted cladding.

The existing concrete slabbing will be maintained to reduce excavation and demolition work, and the 13 car parking spaces in front of the Boronia Motel will remain to service the new Boronia Villas.

The proposed redevelopment will mean a net increase of 30 square metres in gross floor area.

No trees will be removed as a part of the demolition or redevelopment works.

The DA says the $695,000 proposal will mean an improved view from Kunzea Street and better sightlines from the park through to the Nature Reserve.

As well as cabin, villa and caravan site accommodation, Alivio offers a range of facilities including outdoor and indoor recreational activities such as a swimming pool, basketball courts and table tennis, as well as a small shop, barbecues, laundry facilities and a café and bar.

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