The iconic yellow and blue Hogan’s Pharmacy building opposite the old Orange Base Hospital site is set to be given a makeover.
A development application [DA] before Orange City Council proposes work that would turn the building and an adjacent site into a medical centre and pharmacy with car parking.
The proposed work, listed on the council website as costing $385,000, would involve the demolition of a brick residence.
The DA said the existing Hogan’s Pharmacy building on the corner of Sale and Princes streets, would be modified to fit the style and colours of the proposed extensions.
That would include the addition of a verandah over the footpath.
Solar panels would also be placed on the roof.
“The development involves demolition of the existing brick residence to the west of the existing pharmacy building to allow for the construction and alterations to the existing pharmacy building,” it said.
“The intent of the alterations and additions to the existing pharmacy building is to provide additional floor space for the purposes of a medical centre in addition to the existing pharmacy.”
Under the proposal the medical centre would offer a wide range of services.
The centre would have a floor plan of 318 square metres to include a refurbished retail area, desks, treatment rooms, a waiting room, dispensary and toilets.
Services to be offered would include asthma management, community health education, blood glucose management, immunisation, palliative care support, bowel cancer screening, vaccinations and smoking cessation.
“A four-space car park will be provided on the western side of the new building which will accessed via Prince Street,” it said.
The DA will be on public display at the council offices until Monday January 29.
Public submissions about the proposal can be made to council for officers to assess.
The proposed work, if approved, would continue to change the face of the location.
Demolition of the old hospital is nearing completion.
Work this month will continue to tidy the site and to control potential erosion.
The security fences surrounding the site are due to stay in place for some time.
The project is due to be finished by the end of February.
Albury-based contractor Zauner Constructions has demolished the hospital buildings over the past few months.
About 10,000 cubic metres of crushed concrete and bricks has been removed from the site as the work continues.