Apartment glut starts to hit home

first_img805/43 Ferry Road, West End, on the market in Pradella’s Breeze for $988,000. Brisbane’s skyline has changed in the past two years.Mr Pradella had told the Brisbane City Council CEO that “due to current residential market conditions the construction of the final stage is yet to commence … Accordingly we are seeking an extension to the currency period of 48 months until 24 December 2022 and a permissible change to amend the completion date for the development.” Mr Fry said “I wrote a letter to Kim Pradella personally and they took 13 weeks to reply. Now I will be paying rent for another few years. It’s really disappointing, especially the lack of communication. It’s the first time I’ve ever bought a unit, I’m 60 years of age. This is very poor form from a company that raves about how good they are.”Neither Mr Pradella nor his marketer Peter Robertson from Position Property would comment on what buyers were being told. Development manager Brett Lentz said in an emailed response to queries that “construction is scheduled to commence in the first quarter 2018 completing in the second half of 2019”.A Brisbane City Council spokesman said approval period extensions were “allowable under State Government planning law” and take into account changes that have occurred since the original application.“The extension to the approval period that Council grants can vary, although are generally for between one and four years,” he said. “There is no provision under State Government planning law for parties to notify future buyers about changes to development approvals.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Buyer Stephen Fry at the site of Pradella’s empty Breeze site. Picture: Adam HeadHUNDREDS of buyers could have as much as a four-year wait for their new apartments, and some residential projects may not go ahead at all as Brisbane’s unit market begins to bite.Already one of Queensland’s richest developer family firms Pradella has postponed a major apartment project, after asking for a four-year extension from Brisbane City Council. The state government opened the door to developers postponing projects by as much as four years after it amended existing land laws to permit the hefty extensions.Latest industry reports estimate it will take more than two years for developers to sell off apartments that are currently on the market in inner Brisbane, with 45 per cent of projects in the development pipeline also on hold.With sales volumes dropping off a cliff, buyers who’ve already paid deposits — like Stephen Fry in Pradella’s Breeze — have been left in the lurch. Mr Fry struggled to get answers from Pradella and its marketers Position Property for the better part of this year as to why the site was still bare earth.“I certainly wouldn’t have bought there if I knew there was any sort of hint that they wouldn’t build in time,” he said. “I went out and bought furniture thinking I’d be moving in November.”He was shocked when shown a document signed by Pradella head Kim Pradella asking for a four-year extension in April this year — which council granted. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoPradella’s new date to begin Breeze construction is January 2018.last_img read more

Top seed takes short route to semi-finals

first_img Top seed Julie Brown took just 24 holes today to march through the first two rounds and into the semi-finals of the English senior women’s championship at Sandy Lodge, near Watford.Tomorrow she will play Debbie Richards of Surrey who, by contrast, played 20 holes in her quarter final alone, before beating Lulu Housman.The other semi-final will be between four-times champion Chris Quinn of Hampshire and Katherine Russell of Sussex. Both players are former British senior champions.Chris Quinn (Hockley) has masses of experience in this event – but this is new ground for the others. Julie Brown (Trentham) is playing in the championship for the first time as a new senior, while Debbie Richards (Burhill) and Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) are taking part in the championship flight for the first time.Julie, (pictured top) who is a past winner on the Ladies European Tour, spoke for them all when she looked forward to tomorrow and remarked: “I’m up for it!” She’s made short work of the matchplay so far, winning on the 11th in the first round and on the 13th in the quarter final.Today she was clinical about hitting fairways and greens and, when she did miss an occasional target, she demonstrated a devastating short game, chipping in, chipping dead and holing from a distance. She won her first round match 8/7 and her quarter final against Berkshire champion Linda Hunt 6/5.Debbie Richards won a great battle against Lulu Housman (Highgate) to take her place in the semi-final, with much of the deciding action hinging on the putting.Lulu saw putts horseshoe out twice as Debbie won three holes in a row on the back nine. Debbie, in turn, three putted both the 17th and 18th to see her two-up lead disappear. However, after halving the 19th in par, she safely two-putted from behind the green on the 20th to win the match. “I’m delighted to get through,” she said.Chris Quinn has worked hard for her place in the semi-finals. She secured her spot in the championship flight in a play-off; in the first matchplay round she came back from three down with three to play to defeat defending champion Janet Melville on the 20th. This afternoon, she defeated Cheshire’s Gillian Mellor on the 17th by the margin of 2/1.“I just can’t believe I’ve got through!” she said. “I’m not playing at my best, but I have driven the ball really well which has helped.”The final game, between Katherine Russell and Sue Dye of Cheshire pitted two senior internationals against each other. The contest was tight over the opening holes but on the back nine Katherine gradually created a three-up lead. Sue pulled one back when she won the 16th, but a half on 17 decided the 2/1 result.“I played quite well and a lot better than I did over the two qualifying days!” said Katherine. “Today it all came together, I’m striking the ball well and looking forward to tomorrow.”The second flight semi-finals will be between Carole Weir (Beaconsfield) and Felicity Christine (Woking); and Barbara Laird (Sandiway) and Caroline Berry (Bromborough).Image © Leaderboard Photography 24 Apr 2014 Top seed takes short route to semi-finals last_img read more

Pa. Scholastic Football Rankings

first_imgSto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams looks downfield against Neshannock, Williams threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings 34-31 win over the Lancers Sept. 12. The 6-0 Vikings are ranked #2 in the latest PA Class A rankings released Oct. 9. Pennsylvania high school football rankings from PennLive.com, with school’s district in parentheses, followed by record and position in last week’s rankings. NR means not ranked. Teams with an asterisk are the 2012 PIAA champions.___CLASS AAAA – Record – Previous Rank1. Upper St. Clair (7) 6-0 – 12. Pittsburgh C.C. (7) 6-0 – 23. St. Joseph’s Prep (12) 4-1 – 34. Coatesville (1- 6-0 – 45. Neshaminy (1) 6-0 – 56. McKeesport (7) 6-0 – 77. La Salle College HS (12) 5-1 – 68. Gateway (7) 6-0 – 89. Wilson-West Lawn (3) 6-0 – 910. Seneca Valley (7) 5-1 – NRTeams to watch: Bayard Rustin (1) 6-0, Cumberland Valley (3) 5-1, Parkland (11) 5-1, Pennsbury (1) 5-1, North Allegheny(asterisk) (7) 4-2, Whitehall (11) 5-1.___CLASS AAA – Record – Previous Rank1. Archbishop Wood (12)- 5-1 – 12. Bishop McDevitt (3) – 6-0 – 23. Thomas Jefferson (7) – 6-0 – 34. Cathedral Prep(asterisk) (10) – 6-0 – 45. West Allegheny (7) – 6-0 – 56. West Mifflin (7) – 6-0 – 67. Manheim Central (3) – 6-0 – 78. Central Valley (7) – 5-1 – 89. Berwick (2) – 6-0 – 910. Pottsgrove (1) – 6-0 – 10Teams to watch: Clearfield (9) 6-0, Abington Heights (2) 6-0, Cocalico (3) 5-1, New Castle (7) 5-1, Scranton Prep (2) 6-0, Slippery Rock (10) 6-0.___CLASS AA – Record – Previous rank1. Aliquippa (7) – 6-0 – 12. Imhotep Charter (12) – 4-1 – 23. West Catholic (12) – 5-1 – 34. Beaver Falls (7) – 6-0 – 45. Richland (6) – 6-0 – 56. Berks Catholic (3) – 6-0 – 67. Washington (7) – 6-0 – 78. South Fayette (7) – 6-0 – 89. Danville (4) – 6-0 – 910. Catasauqua (11) – 6-0 – 10Teams to watch: Mount Pleasant (7) 6-0, Greenville (10) 6-0, Montoursville (4) 6-0, Seton-LaSalle (7) 5-1, Hickory (10) 5-1, Jeannette (7) 4-2.___CLASS A – Record – Previous rank1. Southern Columbia (4) – 6-0 – 12. Sto-Rox (7) – 6-0 – 23. Dunmore (2) – 6-0 – 34. Clairton(asterisk) (7) – 5-1 – 45. North Catholic (7) – 6-0 – 56. Old Forge (2) – 5-1 – 67. Neshannock (7) – 5-1 – 78. Monessen (7) – 5-1 – 89. Steel-High (3) – 5-1 – 910. Bellwood-Antis (6) – 5-1 – NRTeams to watch: Avonworth (7) 5-1, South Williamsport (4) 5-1, Penns Manor (6) 6-0, Fort Cherry (7) 5-1, Lakeview (10) 5-1, Tri-Valley (11) 6-0.last_img read more