Luxury pads for Cliff Rd

The 16-metre-high Cliff Road complex, featuring three split-level apartments, has been designed by Wollongong firm PRD Architects. The Belmore block the complex would replace.

The Kollaras family has revealed plans for a luxury Cliff Road apartment complex to replace the run-down Belmore building opposite Wollongong Harbour.

JBA Planning recently lodged a development application on behalf of the family to construct the five-storey residential building at 82A Cliff Road, next to Osborne Park.

The complex, if approved, would include three four-bedroom, split-level apartments, each with their own balcony offering panoramic views of the coastline.

One of the units would house a cellar, while the penthouse apartment would feature a gym, bar and cabana.

The dilapidated Belmore apartments, once owned by Wollongong developer Glen Tabak, would be bulldozed to make way for the new complex.

The Kollaras family, which runs one of Australia’s largest independent liquor importing businesses at Albion Park, bought the Belmore block late last year after it failed to sell at auction in January 2011.

Brothers Michael and Tass Kollaras are also behind the yet-to-be constructed Harbour Apartments, a 16-storey, 42-unit complex to be built opposite WIN Entertainment Centre on Harbour Street.

Planning documents lodged with Wollongong City Council say the Cliff Road development would deliver a ‘‘high quality building’’ to the city that would ‘‘enhance the vitality, identity and diversity of the Wollongong city centre’’.

‘‘The proposal, through its architectural quality and form, will increase the appeal of the centre,’’ the document said.

The building has been designed by Wollongong firm PRD Architects.

Its 16-metre height is the permitted limit within the site’s residential zoning.

It is unknown whether the family has plans to keep the units for personal use or put them on the market. Neither brother responded to a request for comment.

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