- Location of Playfield Street.
- Playfield Street North - Kittyhawke Drive to Way Street.
- Playfield Street South - Way St to Hamilton Road.
- Three Low Set Houses are Missing.
- Chermside Central 2005 - the First Tower.
- Looking Northwards from Way Street 2008.
- Playfield Street is Growing Up and Up.
Location of Playfield Street.
Playfield Street had no opening on to Hamilton Road and entrance is from Kittyhawke Drive through the very short Way Street. Exit can be the reverse or simply driving north and joining Kittyhawke Drive. Or a short walk takes one to the Bus Interchange and one can catch a bus to anywhere.
Playfield Street North - Kittyhawke Drive to Way Street.
This northern part of Playfield Street used to connect with Banfield Street but it went under the Shoppingtown in the 2006 expansion of the centre and joins Kittyhawk Drive. Playfield Street also joins Kittyhawke Drive.
Playfield Street South - Way St to Hamilton Road.
Playfield Street is 410m long and had 27 houses on each side built in the early 1950s. They were low level weatherboard with a tile roof and many were financed with War Service Loans, the occupants intending to stay there for the rest of their lives.
The street is in the area classified as the Chermside Major Centre under the Brisbane City Plan 2000 which allows up to 10 levels of unit development in the immediate vicinity of the Shoppingtown. The general method is to have two levels for parking underground and eight levels for accommodation above ground. This a new scheme to develop high rise residential around suburban shopping centres with easy access to public transport.
Three Low Set Houses are Missing.
The first change in the street was closing off access to Hamilton Road and the instillation of new traffic lights. Then in late 2004 three houses at the northern end were demolished to make way for the high rise building Chermside Central, No. 46 Playfield Street.
Chermside Central 2005 - the First Tower.
This was followed by the digging of a very large hole in the ground for the basement which was to constitute the lock up garage for the occupants' sixty cars.
The next level or ground floor is an open area for temporary parking and, at the northern end there are three living units. Another six floors rise above all of which are for units of 3, 2 and 1 bedrooms. All up there are 41 units in the building, allowing an average of 2 persons per unit there will be 82 living in Chermside Central replacing about 15 people in the houses when families lived in them.
Looking Northwards from Way Street 2008.
Towards the end of 2008 the last vacant space on the North-East portion of Playfield Street was being prepared for another high rise block. However the Financial Crisis held up the building schedule and it wasn't till the end 2009 that the Edge was underway on the northern tip of the section.
There are no houses left on this section of Playfield Street.
Playfield Street is Growing Up and Up.
More people are moving into units because they do not have a yard to maintain, they are growing older and the children have left home so they do not need a large house. Like Chermside Central, the units are generally near to shopping, entertainment, public transport, parks, sporting venues, they have off street parking for tenants and visitors, and they are easy to air condition. Some people living in units are not driving anymore but rely on public transport, bicycles and taxis; what a radical move!