On Friday, the council and Dexus held a press conference to announce the six-month development process had concluded with all approvals granted by the council, under a host of conditions.
But residents in the neighbouring Riparian Plaza tower have warned they will not hesitate to take legal action against what they say is not a correct development application.
Bloomberg Incorporation, owner of the Harry Seidler-designed tower Riparian Plaza at 71 Eagle Street, has repeatedly written to the council objecting the Waterfront Brisbane development.
The Riparian Plaza’s body corporate also commissioned an independent report that argued site area calculations used by Dexus to justify how the application should be assessed by the council were “incorrect”.
In a letter dated November 11, Bloomberg’s Riverside Development wrote that the council had been “unresponsive” to attempts to discuss the development application.
“It accordingly remains the view of Riverside Development that the development application is not properly made and is not code assessable,” the letter said.
“Any approval of the development application by council would be in error.
“We advise that we intend to commence proceedings, without further reference to council, should the development application be approved.”
Seidler’s widow Penelope also wrote to the council in late October saying the proposed development was inappropriate for the site.
Seidler also designed Riverside Centre at 123 Eagle Street.
“I have examined the proposal and I am horrified that this development would be considered, it would obviously have a detrimental impact on the iconic Brisbane waterfront,” Ms Seidler wrote.
In October, Dexus project director Matthew Beasley said the company had received “considerable support” from the community for the $2.1 billion project.
Dexus chief investment officer Ross Du Vernet said the project was “set to reshape the daily experience of the many people who visit and work there”.
Deputy mayor Krista Adams said the popular Eagle Street Pier dining precinct would be “refreshed” by the development.
“As part of the approval, a new 280-metre riverwalk connecting Waterfront Place to the Riparian Plaza will be constructed, replacing the existing aged path,” Cr Adams said.
The riverwalk will be funded by the council and constructed by Dexus by 2022, after earlier announcements indicated much of the existing riverwalk would need to be closed during construction.
Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council.