Residential Development Proposed on Border of Broadwater, Logan and Whitley Roads

A 72-unit residential across four buildings is proposed on land bordered by Broadwater, Logan and Whitley Roads on Mount Gravatt.

Originally lodged in December 2020 and amended via a revised plan submitted last May 2022, the proposal involves the construction of four buildings with a maximum height of five storeys.

The building will comprise 57 three-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom units at 1572-1578 Logan Road, 14 Broadwater Road and 14-16 Whitley Street, Mount Gravatt. The existing buildings at the site will be knocked down to facilitate the development.

To be called “Salina Towers”, the development will feature private balconies or terraces, a swimming pool, a barbeque area, a gymnasium and a communal recreation area. There will also be 162 car parking spaces, 18 for visitors and 144 for residents. 

Driveway access will be provided via a 9m-wide crossover oriented towards the site’s eastern boundary fronting Whitley Street. Also, a 544 sqm of deep planting covering 11.9 per cent of the site area is also planned along with 579 sqm of landscaping at the ground level.

Logan Road View of buildings 2 and 3
Logan Road View of buildings 2 and 3 | Photo Credit:  Brisbane City Council /

“Visually, the contemporary building design is consistent with the intent and character of theprecinct. This includes a variety of materials, textures and colours both within the building and between each building,” Tam Dang Planning’s assessment report noted.

Corner of Logan Road and Broadwater Road view of Building 3
Corner of Logan Road and Broadwater Road view of Building 3 | Photo Credit:  Brisbane City Council /
Internal Courtyard looking east of building 2 and 4
Internal Courtyard looking east of building 2 and 4 | Photo Credit:  Brisbane City Council /

The proposal, however, met opposition from local residents with submissions expressing concerns over the buildings’ height, bulk and scale; car parking and its impact on the privacy of neighbouring residents.

“With the markets across the street taking place every Sunday and the marketta on a Friday and Saturday night I fear that parking for residents who currently live in the area will go from difficult to impossible.” – Karlee

“I am concerned for the privacy my family and I will be afforded as a residential building of six storeys will be little more than a viewing gallery to our attempts to use our yard to relax and entertain. I fear untethered objects may fall and if not cause damage to my property, to my young family.” –  Nicholas

“With a building height of 6 stories, this will significantly reduce access to sunlight for all townhouses in 18 Whitley Place that will border the proposed development. Each of these townhouses have a small area with a clothes line and garden. With a reduction in sunlight, gardens will suffer as well as reducing current residents access to natural sunlight for the drying of laundry and overall ambiance in their back areas.“ –  Ainslee

“This proposal for high density development is not suited for this area of Mount Gravatt due to its multiple towers that give the appearance of bulky building design and not aligned with Neighbourhood guidelines for the multi-residential developments in this area.” – Anonymous

Grab a Cup and Get to Know the Story Behind The Coffee

Who doesn’t enjoy sharing stories over coffee? Well, here’s one interesting and sweet tale behind the new Mount Gravatt East hole in the wall cafe, Story Behind The Coffee. 

Owner Danilo Ramon Jovero Jr opened Story Behind The Coffee in September 2020 with his partner as their first business venture together. Mr Jovero followed the love of his life in Australia in April 2019.

Mr Jovero said that he’s passionate about his five-year relationship as much as he’s passionate about coffee and he’s roasting only the best coffee beans at his cafe — the award-winning Coffee Mentality

Mr Jovero and the Coffee Mentality group work with sustainable and ethical coffee growers from the Philippines.

Photo Credit: Facebook
Photo Credit: Facebook

Quality coffee and quality service are what drives the owner to come to his store every day and hear other people’s stories. Aside from selling bags of specialty coffee beans to take home, this cafe also has a variety of syrups — in white chocolate, butterscotch or Irish cream — to mix with a hot or cold cup.

Story Behind The Coffee took over the spot of a former grocery store on Broadwater Road and turned the fit-out into a classic black and white cafe. 

Photo Credit: Facebook

To learn more about their opening hours and coffee blends, follow the Facebook Page

“Open at good hours ie 6 am on a weekend. Coffee is really nice tasting and the barista is super lovely. Decor lovely- would be nice in winter when the weather isn’t hot n humid!”

Edwina L

“Fantastic coffee shop. Some of the best coffee I’ve ever had and the owners are super warm and friendly people, “the story” behind the coffee is really cute too. 10/10 recommended”

Winston Timmermans

“Great to have a local hole in the wall! Dog friendly is a big plus as well.”

Bruce Muir