Quest for $12 mil­lion apart­ment com­plex

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By SI­MONE KER­WIN

PLANS for a $12 mil­lion Quest apart­ment com­plex in Docker Street are now avail­able for pub­lic pe­rusal.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, on the for­mer Wan­garatta Plaza site, would fea­ture 37 apart­ments con­fig­ured to al­low 72 apart­ments for short and long term stay in cen­tral Wan­garatta.

Ac­cess to the com­plex would be via Docker Street, with a Dan Mur­phy’s re­tail out­let pro­posed for the Baker Street side of the for­mer plaza site.

Pub­lic ad­ver­tis­ing of the Dan Mur­phy’s pro­posal ended on Fri­day and at­tracted no sub­mis­sions, and coun­cil has al­ready granted approval for de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing plaza build­ings to make way for de­vel­op­ment on the site.

The Quest plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion says the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment “pro­motes ac­com­mo­da­tion choice and ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for short and long term visi­ta­tion close to Wan­garatta’s CBD and its fa­cil­i­ties, and pro­vides con­nec­tiv­ity to other out­ly­ing re­gional ar­eas”.

De­vel­op­ers have billed the plan as a “$12 mil­lion in­vest­ment into con­struc­tion, tourism, hos­pi­tal­ity, com­mu­nity and cul­ture, and pro­vides a sig­nif­i­cant and on­go­ing so­cial and fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion into the re­gion’s econ­omy through em­ploy­ment, tourism and mod­ern busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion”.

“Over­all, the de­vel­op­ment aligns with the re­gion’s strate­gic ob­jec­tives to achieve im­proved land use and de­vel­op­ment out­comes at a re­gional, catch­ment and lo­cal level,” the ap­pli­ca­tion reads.

The Quest ap­pli­ca­tion can be viewed at the mu­nic­i­pal of­fices or on the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta web­site.

Coun­cil will not de­cide the ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore Septem­ber 26.

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