Big plans for Dakabin

Published 11:29am 31 August 2021

Big plans for Dakabin
Words by Kylie Knight

The Comiskey family has revealed plans for a $20 million hotel and retail development at Dakabin, which are presently being considered by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

If approved, Comiskey Group Director Rob Comiskey says construction could start mid next year, with the opening possible nine months later.

“It’s an exciting project for us. We’ve been looking at it for 10 years and thought it would be a nice area for a project like this,” Mr Comiskey says.

The developer lodged a material change of use application with Council on August 17, after purchasing the site more than two months ago. At present, there's a house and sheds on the block.

The plans include a 2000sqm licensed hotel and shopping centre with a mix of retail and commercial tenants, including a bottle shop. There would also be a service station and two drive-thru fast-food outlets.

The development would not include a supermarket, as there is already a Woolworths on the opposite corner.

Mr Comiskey says the hotel will be the same quality as the Comiskey Group’s Sandstone Point and Eatons Hill Hotels, but smaller and with its own theme.

It will be owned and operated by the family, with a focus on attracting families in the surrounding growing communities.

“We’re looking at designs. It’s very different to the average pub, more upmarket,” he says.

Design elements include planter boxes off the roof, a fire fit in the centre of the restaurant.

“It will feel more like an upmarket restaurant than a hotel,” he says.

“I’ve been driving past it for 10 years and thought it would be a nice place for a hotel. It’s elevated and has a nice outlook, and 24,000 cars drive past each day.”

Big plans for Dakabin
Big plans for Dakabin
Big plans for Dakabin

Creating jobs for locals

Mr Comiskey expects to employ about 100 people in the hotel and there will be about 200 jobs across the entire development.

He says there will be some exciting national tenants, who will be changing their models and offering new experiences for customers. He would not reveal who they were.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from tenants wanting to go in,” he says.

“It will look more like James St, than Dakabin.

“Our family has obviously been operating in the Moreton Bay Region for almost 50 years. We know the area very well.”

He’s hoping the hotel and retail precinct will become a new meeting place for locals.

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