Motorline dealer principal Craig Rose confirmed last week that a display centre would open soon in the building currently home to BMW Motorrad motorcycles at the eastern end of the Motorline BMW property on Old Chatswood Rd.
Plans released in 2007 revealed a $350'million development that was set to include nine residential and commercial buildings, a cinema, shops and a medical centre. Initial time frames given by Motorline chairman Lynton Rose would have seen the development finished by now.
Craig Rose said plans for a 25-storey residential tower had been shelved with new plans instead featuring more, shorter buildings. Mr Rose Snr first opened Motorline BMW in 1998 and he said the development of the site had been a long time vision.
The plans created controversy when released in 2007 among residents living in adjacent caravan park, Springtime Gardens, when they were told the land would be resumed for the development and they would have to move. There were also concerns raised over potential traffic congestion, shadow cast from buildings and house values.
Craig Rose did not respond to calls in time for publication.
July 2007: Motorline first announced its plan to develop their Old Chatswood Rd site into a residential and commercial hub worth $350'million. Nine buildings, a boutique cinema, shops, a medical centre and bus station were planned.