And then there was one

Down to fi­nal ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est in Ovens Col­lege site

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MONE KER­WIN sker­[email protected] ne­me­

EX­PRES­SIONS of in­ter­est for the fi­nal land par­cel up for grabs on the for­mer Ovens Col­lege site have been pared down to one.

From an ini­tial three pro­pos­als in Au­gust, the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta is now work­ing with a Syd­ney-based party, with lo­cal real es­tate agents Garry Nash & Co con­duct­ing the EOI process.

The 2.595 hectare land par­cel, cur­rently owned by coun­cil, has frontages to both Greta and Vin­cent roads, in­cludes var­i­ous for­mer col­lege build­ings, and abuts the elec­tric­ity sub-sta­tion on the cor­ner of Greta and Vin­cent roads.

An ad­join­ing three hectares of the for­mer col­lege site is in the process of be­ing sold to the State Gov­ern­ment, which plans to build a 30 bed al­co­hol and other drugs res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre to ser­vice the Hume re­gion.

An­other acre of land fronting Han­d­ley Street, ad­join­ing the Wan­garatta Fire Sta­tion, will be home to a new Wan­garatta SES unit head­quar­ters; coun­cil is leas­ing this land to the SES.

“We are still work­ing through with one of the in­ter­ested par­ties,” Mike No­ble from Garry Nash & Co said.

“It’s a mat­ter of just work­ing through what their plans are for the site, if it meets with the zon­ing re­quire­ments, and whether coun­cil is happy.”

Mr No­ble said there was a re­stric­tion on uses un­der the land’s spe­cial six zon­ing, with a caveat placed on the land when it was pur­chased from the State Gov­ern­ment re­quir­ing that its in­tended use be for com­mu­nity ben­e­fit or ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses.

He said while the EOI ap­pli­cants were well-ad­vanced in their due dili­gence work, the process would likely still con­tinue for some months into 2019.

“If we can get both par­ties in agree­ment, we will go to con­tract,” Mr No­ble said.

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