BIG BOST: Orange City Council Economic Development Community Committee chairman Cr Jeff Whitton.THE redevelopment of the former Orange Base Hospital site has the potential to create 40 jobs a year in the construction industry over five years, according to Orange City Council Economic Development Community Committee chairman Cr Jeff Whitton.
Earlier this week Orange City Council announced it had signed the contract for the sale of the site, formalising the agreement by NSW Health Infrastructure (HI), which will see council contribute $1 million to the project, with HI agreeing to place $2.3 million of the purchase price in trust to fund the necessary demolition on the site.
The former 1970s style main three storey hospital building and the old ambulance station on the corner of Prince and Anson Streets will be the only buildings remaining on the site after demolition is completed.
Cr Whitton said council has had a strong focus on job creation over the last couple of years including supporting emerging businesses and ensure appropriate employment land is available.
“The old hospital redevelopment is part of that big picture,” Cr Whitton said.
“In the coming years this will be a significant driver of economic growth in the city,” Cr Whitton said.
Cr Whitton said residential opportunities continue to grow in Orange, including the fringes of the city.
“We have locations like the Waratahs development and the Shiralee development to the south and these suit the needs of a significant sector of the homebuyers market,” said Cr Whitton.
“The development of the old hospital will offer something new and different,” he said.
The detail in an initial masterplan released by council earlier this week and created by Michael Heenan of Allen Jack Cottier Architects shows a combination of duplex, terrace houses, granny flats and detached housing options for the site.
The masterplan includes a 28 apartment design for the old 1970s main hospital building.
Council says it expects a development application for demolition to be lodged in June, with the work due to be finished by December and construction work anticipated to start in January 2017.
Cr Whitton said the old base hospital site project has the opportunity to set Orange apart from other regional cities.
“As well as creating jobs it will add to Orange being a drawcard for people looking to relocate,” he said.
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