A BURNT-out shell of what should be prime commercial real estate in the Maryborough central business district may finally be replaced with a new business.
Empire Body Piercing on Kent St was gutted by fire on February 14, 2009, and the shop has been empty since it happened.
Now, the Fraser Coast Regional Council has put out a call for any interested parties to set up shop, with a promise it will do what it can to support a new business that takes up the offer.
City and town centre development portfolio councillor Daniel Sanderson said the call for expressions of interest was the first step in getting another business back into the CBD.
"If we get any exciting prospects, we will do everything we can to facilitate them," Cr Sanderson said.
Cr Sanderson said the space was going to become a carpark until the council further examined the pros and cons and decided a business was a better option.
Expressions of interest must be submitted in writing no later than 11am on Monday, April 1.
Further enquiries should be directed to the council's manager of economic development projects on 1300 794 929.