They said it would never happen but the proof is in the cranes. There are two cranes in Gosford CBD with another to go up in early April and in the surrounding area there are another six.
With the podium levels complete the first residential floor was poured at Bonython Tower towards the end of February with a new floor being added every twelve days.
Bonython Property Executive Chairman Paul Anderson said that sales are progressing well with only a handful of apartments left while commercial sales and leases are starting to flow through.
Meanwhile the Financial Services building is now rising above Mann Street with builders StHilliers confirming completion by the end of the year. Mark Dixon from StHilliers said that the fit-out is proceeding at the same time as construction.
Sixty per cent of the workers on the project are local said Mr Dixon.
While four levels will be occupied by the Financial Services Department Level 1 of 1,280 sqm will be available for lease along with 970 sqm at ground level as well as 100 sqm earmarked for a café.
Mr Dixon said that that they are now seeking to lease the spaces.
StHilliers is now preparing a masterplan for the remainder of the 32 Mann Street site.
As part of their community engagement strategy for the project market research was undertaken in November and December last year with over 460 respondents providing feedback from a broad cross section of ages and socio demographics.