Couple's big plans for historic Maryborough landmark
NEW occupants could soon take over a historic Maryborough landmark that has lain empty for the past two years.
Maryborough business owners Andrew and Corrina Ross have bought the heritage-listed former Commonwealth Bank building in Adelaide St.
They are now in talks with Fraser Coast Regional Council on options to capitalise on the building's history and its location next to the Maryborough Town Hall green.
Mr Ross said they may also open a new second-hand business or split the building to accommodate for multiple tenants.
No matter who moves in, the Rosses are determined to see the building opened once again to the public and to help grow the Maryborough central business district.
"We fell in love with it," Mr Ross said.
"It's a bit of an icon, that building.
"It was only ever a dream that we would have the option to buy it."
First built in 1929, it had been in a state of disrepair before being fully restored by Metcalfe Constructions in 2009.
Mrs Ross said tourists often constantly stopped to take photos of the building, particularly the columns that make up its grand entrance.
"This is a landmark building," she said.