Ipswich purchases land for new CBD library
Ipswich City Council in regional Queensland has taken ownership of a 1.3 hectare parcel of land in the Ipswich CBD in preparation for a new $150m city library and entertainment precinct, reports the Queensland Times.
Ipswich City Properties bought the Ipswich City Square for $45m in 2009 and will transfer ownership of the land back to the council after the terms of sale are finalised.
Deputy mayor Paul Tully said the development would give Ipswich a CBD that would be ‘second to none’ of any provincial city in Australia. ‘Importantly, this move clears the way for a major new open air civic space next to a new state-of-the-art multi-level council-owned library building,’ said Tully.
As well as housing a library, the new civic space will feature water gardens, an entertainment stage and ‘large shade structures based on sound environmental design for rainwater collection and recycling and solar power generation’.
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