19 Nov Bernard House & Cornmeal House
My first dealing with Barrie Woods was selling an Aerodrome Road property of his through a conjuncting Agent back around 1990.
Barrie and Therese lived on Cornmeal Parade at the time next to the newly constructed Maroochydore Police Station and overlooking Cornmeal Creek. Therese’s parents lived next door. Barrie and Therese had recently purchased the third house in the group.
During my time as Development Manager for the Blanck Group (builders), I became aware of a requirement that the State Government had in Maroochydore for office space.
After discussing the opportunity with Barrie and Therese they agreed that continuing to live in the location long term was not an option given the development that had happened all around them. We went to work planning up a design and construct project of an office building on the 2009 square metre site.
The requirement for office space for the Department of Families went out to expressions of interest. Our submission was successful and the Lease commenced during October of 2000 after completion of the construction phase.
We continue to manage these premises today, albeit that by mutual agreement the State Government vacated during 2008. The Government purchased the nearby Scotlyn Fair building off Barrie and Therese for their new 10 story office complex that will be completed during 2011. Barrie who had operated his RACQ business from Scotlyn Fair for many years needed to relocate to Bernard House.
During 2004 we negotiated the purchase of Cornmeal House (27 Cornmeal Parade) for Barrie and Therese. This is the adjoining property immediately to the west of Bernard House. Together they represent a strategic holding in the precinct planned as the hub of government administration for the coast.
Cornmeal House had been originally developed as a three story walk up office building. I had originally sold the developers the land back in the early 90’s. The writing was on the wall that the Department of Corrections were likely to move out at the end of their Lease as all government departments required proper disabled access. Barrie went on to fit a lift to the front of the building. We subsequently negotiated a new Lease for Corrections on the top level, which meant they could complete the fitout whilst they continued to operate for a time from the middle level.