Com­pe­ti­tion for UTAS bid

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

THE Burnie City Coun­cil is look­ing at what other de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties it can snag be­fore it gives the Uni­ver­sity of Tas­ma­nia the nod to build more stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion on a prime CBD site.

The coun­cil said yesterday it was seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for a de­vel­op­ment on land above the King St car park.

Mayor Steve Kons said the coun­cil had been ap­proached by UTAS with an $8 mil­lion pro­posal to con­struct stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion on the site but it wanted to en­sure oth­ers in the com­mu­nity had the same op­por­tu­nity.

“Fol­low­ing com­mu­nity feed­back af­ter the coun­cil trans­ferred land to the uni­ver­sity at West Park, we be­lieve that other par­ties should be given the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press an in­ter­est in un­der­tak­ing a com­mer­cial or res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment above the car park,” Mr Kons said.

“Coun­cil is pre­pared to sell the land, but it will be a non­nego­tiable con­di­tion of any sale that the coun­cil will lease the ground level area of land for a pe­riod of 50 years at a pep­per­corn rental in or­der to re­tain the ex­ist­ing car park fa­cil­ity. Coun­cil will con­tinue to op­er­ate the King St car park, and re­tain all rev­enues from it.

“As well as pro­vid­ing a pur­chase price, any party ex­press­ing an in­ter­est will be re­quired to show a con­cept plan for their pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, pro­vide time frames for the de­vel­op­ment to oc­cur, pro­vide ev­i­dence of their ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity to un­der­take the de­vel­op­ment and show how it will align with the Burnie Town Cen­tre Mas­ter­plan and Burnie Set­tle­ment and In­vest­ment Strat­egy,” he said.

The EOI process will close on De­cem­ber 13 and Mr Kons said the UTAS pro­posal would be as­sessed against, and be re­quired to meet, the same cri­te­ria and terms.

A UTAS spokesman said the in­sti­tu­tion had been work­ing with the coun­cil to ex­plore po­ten­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion sites that would in­te­grate its stu­dents into the heart of the city, bring­ing with them life and vi­brancy.

“As we grow, the vol­ume and di­ver­sity of peo­ple fur­ther­ing their learn­ing in the re­gion through the West Park cam­pus de­vel­op­ment, we will need more stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion to meet in­creased de­mand,” UTAS said. “Our pro­posed ac­com­mo­da­tion de­vel­op­ment, es­ti­mated at $8 mil­lion, would be sit­u­ated above the King St car park, en­sur­ing park­ing ac­cess would be re­tained for ex­ist­ing and fu­ture users.

“As with any sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment, we un­der­stand there is a process to work through and wel­come coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est.”

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