The Toowong Village has stood with its blue glass tower in Toowong for at least 28 years. According to Wikipedia, Toowong Village opened in 1986, with over 86 specialty stores, was built over the site of an old sawmill and was controversial. The Queensland government of the day overruled Brisbane City Council's decision to turn down the building of the viillage but the Toowong Village went ahead despite council's concerns about traffic bogging up the area.
The reflective blue glass tower will still stand, the amazing view from the rooftop parking area is safe and you will still be able to see for miles. The travellator that was reached from the rooftop entrance near the Book Bank, no longer in residence and the Library, has been closed. You now enter farther along and walk into a brand new, bright, shiny, travellator. From there it gets interesting.
It is a maze of construction walls, signs, exposed overhead electrical cables and insulation. The refurbished David Jones, the Kmart, and the Library still live on the 3rd level along with only a handful of others.
Some of the renovations are evident in the food court where new seating has been put into place, negating the need for some of the old tables and chairs. It is business as usual here with sparkling, shiny new bathrooms as well.
Many stores have closed or moved during the construction process. However, there are many that are still open and when this writer was there you could get some good deals. They have openings for new retailers if any of you are in that position you can check out their website.
There is also a list of the retailers still open as well as hours of operation for your convenience. Look for them to open later in 2014 with some new upscale, high end boutique fashion shops, as well as alfresco dining in a new outdoor area.
Soon the construction maze will be gone and a new updated village will await your visit.