One of the biggest eyesores in Orange is finally set to be demolished.
The former Caltex fuel depot on a prime piece of Byng Street land next to the railway line has been unused for years but the buildings and a large pile of dirt at the front have been waiting to be cleaned up.
However, that is set to change with Ampol Australia lodging a development application with Orange City Council to clear the site.
The work would involve the demolition of the underground and above ground storage tanks, pump infrastructure, fill points, hard stand areas and buildings including a retail store, office and drum platform. Major site remediation works will also be undertaken.
A report in the DA states the site was a fuel handling depot until the retail store was added in 1992.
It said some contaminants had been located in the area and it was 'assumed' there would asbestos in some of the buildings.
"Demolition would be undertaken by contractors experienced in fuel station remediation to reduce risks when undertaking works on potentially contaminated sites. There is evidence to suggest there is some contamination in soil samples taken from the site," it said.
The DA states the land would be left flat, with a slight slope for water run-off, to become available for other, unspecified, uses.
"The proposed development would remediate the site by removing refuelling infrastructure, importation of clean material to a level surface and establishment of native grass species," it said.
"Remediation of the site would have a positive effect on the environment."
"The proposed works would provide additional options for future use of the site and as such is in the public interest."
The DA is on public exhibition at the council and on its website until Friday, June 11.
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