Council snaps up CBD land
KENT Street’s “iron curtain” is finally set to fall.
Twenty months after five shops were destroyed by fire on Valentine’s Day last year, the land on which they stood has sold with the Fraser Coast Regional Council snapping up the prime site.
The ugly iron wall, held in place by decaying brick pillars, that has shielded the empty spaces from public view will be removed almost immediately and replaced by another temporary fence that better blends with the streetscape.
Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger said the council had some ideas for the land’s development but firm plans were yet to be made.
“The land will be included in the CBD revitalisation investigation which could look at developing the site for inner-city living, retail outlets or a mix of commercial and residential,” he said.
“The land adjoins a council car park with access off Bazaar Street, and until the final plans for the development of the site are considered it will be used to provide temporary parking in the CBD, which should help retailers and customers as they move into the busy Christmas season.
“We believe this land will provide the council with opportunities to stimulate growth in the CBD.”
Michelle and Heath Caine from Kent Street Bakery were thrilled with the suggestion of new shops or car parks being built in the CBD.
“Any action in Kent Street is good action at the moment,” Ms Caine said.
“Since the newsagent closed we’ve been looking for something positive to come.”
Mr Kruger said buying the land confirmed the council’s commitment to the revitalisation of the Maryborough CBD and urban renewal plans, originally developed with the help of Urban Landscape architect Trevor Reddacliff and guided by Architectus director Professor John Hockings.