Kelvin Grove was one of Brisbane’s first suburbs to receive a town plan that included an urban redevelopment plan. The Brisbane City Council decided to start following in the footsteps of its capital city counterparts, Sydney and Melbourne, in the mid 1990’s. Areas that qualify for urban re-development, and the approval of mixed-use developments, are suburbs that have an established industry that would benefit from a residential counterpart, as well as areas that were close to the CBD and could act as an inner-city transport hub.
As Kelvin Grove has long been an educational suburb, housing the QUT Kelvin Grove campus, it qualified on both accounts with a large need for student accommodation and also a strong public transport hub near the university.
Kelvin Grove Urban Village is now a great example of future urban development. It features a great mix of residential lots, of many different shapes and sizes; commercial development including retail and office; it also features theatres, markets and events that reflect the creative aspect of the QUT campus.
Other commercial property in Kelvin Grove includes local-shop type developments along Kelvin Grove Road as well as some small, light industrial properties toward the North.