Making Florence Street Fancier

Article in the latest issue of My Village News. Story by Steph Maker

Frank Licastro and Riye Arai-Coupe are making moves to put a new frock on Florence Street. The pair said the street is due for a makeover and want to know what fellow locals think should be done to beautify the boulevard.

In collaboration with the Teneriffe Progress Association (TPA), Mr Licastro and Ms Arai-Coupe of Bluebird Property Partners are holding a local community feedback session on Wednesday February 19. The event will be hosted at 5 Florence Street, a property owned by Frank Developments, and the site of a future development. The meeting will precede the regularly scheduled TPA meeting and start at 5pm. Initial design ideas and reference imagery will be displayed for comment.

Teneriffe Progress Association (TPA) President Ben Protchard is supportive of the developers’ consultative actions. “It’s a very good initiative on behalf of both Frank and Riye to engage the community, rather than to just guess at what we actually want,” Mr Pritchard said. “It’s a really positive thing, and I think they’ve gone about it a very professional way.”

Mr Licastro and Ms Arai-Coupe are both long-time local Teneriffe residents and said they’re both personally committed to seeing the ongoing improvement and beautification of their neighbourhood.

“We have both watched and been part of the transformation of Teneriffe, Newstead and New Farm over the years,” Ms Arai-Coupe said. “There have been many great initiatives that continue to strengthen the wonderful liveability of the area, like the increase of streetscaping and tree planting and the illumination of boulevards. We believe the beautification of Flroence Street is one of these projects that the whole community would benefit from.”

Mr Licastro noted the amenities on Florence Street, but said it is due for a pick-me-up. “Florence Street is one of those great little secrets in Teneriffe that could have a lot going for it,” he said. “It’s just looking a little forgotten and unloved at the moment.”

Beyond the session, The Bluebird and Frank Development teams will seek to incorporate community feedback into their propped design for presentation at the next TPA Meeting in April, before commencing formal discussions with Brisbane City Council.

Community Feedback Session for Florence Street Beautification Works and TPA Meeting.


WHEN: Wednesday FEB 19: 5pm-7pm (immediately prior to TPA Meeting)

WHERE: 5 Florence Street Newstead

CONTACT: Teneriffe Progress Association President (

Bluebird Property Partners (riye@bluebirdpropertypartners)

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