Fortunately, the plans proffered by Terry James provide clear insight into the theater they wanted to build, and they prove without question that these plans cannot be achieved for anything like the $84.5 million estimate of 2007. And others on the steering committee in the mid 2000's confirm that other, later plans by Unity had scrapped the parking altogether.
In the Unity Team plan, the carpark of 411 spaces was estimated to cost $18,750 per space. This estimate was thought to be dodgy, as were many of the other cost estimates. However, to demonstrate how construction costs have increased since then, the current council is in the final stages of a similar carpark on Grafton Street, estimated by the contractor at $44,991 per space, 240% more.
So the $70 million estimate for the Unity/Byrne plan (the theater without the parking or land) would cost today - $158 MILLION! Identical to the current approved plan, except on a shitty site that has no attachment to the Convention Centre!
Thanks to Terry James for proving the reasonableness of the current Council proposal, and for exposing the nonsensical plan being flogged like a dead horse by Bob Manning, his dodgy leader. Unity clearly can't deliver a "cheaper" theater, and all they want is to free up the needed cruise ship dock area for their developer mates, and another Harbour Lights monstrosity! Water views belong to all the People - not just the wealthy or corrupt!