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A $2 BILLION plan to transform the heart of Brisbane by developing a world-class entertainment and park precinct above the Roma St rail yards will be handed to the State Government this week.
At the centre of the “Brisbane Live” proposal – based on the LA Live complex in the US – is a new 17,000-seat state-of-the-art arena to showcase superstar performers and host international-level indoor sports events.
Featuring a sliding front wall that opens to reveal live acts on stage, the $450 million arena will also include a 4000-capacity rock club and be surrounded by multiplex cinemas, restaurants and bars, and a giant screen and amphitheatre.
It would all be built above stations for the planned Cross River Rail link and Brisbane Metro system.
The 17,000 seat arena planned for Roma St railyards.A retreat for city centre workers during the week, it would become a magnet for young families on weekends, with climbing and play equipment and a water park, as well as picnic areas.
The concept to put a lid over the rail corridor between the Normanby Fiveways and Roma St Forum is the brainchild of Brisbane-based AEG Ogden, part of the world’s biggest venue-operator, the Anschutz Entertainment Group.
“This is a truly city-changing project,’’ AEG Odgen chairman Harvey Lister said. “In over 40 years in the entertainment business – the last 30 of which working on this type of project in Australia and around the world – this is as exciting a transformative opportunity as we have seen.
“This is an urban renewal that removes an ugly scar and replaces it with something to be enjoyed by future generations.’’
A long-term master plan could include up to 4000 apartments, hotel, high-rise offices, medical facilities, cultural attractions and possibly an educational campus.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said: “The Brisbane Live proposal is an exciting idea that could reshape our city.
“It is a great example of the kind of transformational infrastructure that will be possible by delivering Cross River Rail.”
A website detailing the proposal will go live this morning athttp://www.brisbanelive.com.au
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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