A significant $14.8 million multi-storey development featuring shops, 48 residential units and underground car parking has been proposed for the former Kurim shopping centre site in Glenroi.
Sydney developers Orange Healthwell Pty Ltd have lodged a development application with Orange City Council to construct three four-storey buildings on the site in Kurim Avenue.
Small businesses, such as shops, would be constructed on the ground floor.
I think it's fantastic, a good site and its definitely good for OrangeCr Reg Kidd, Orange mayor
The DA states that 42 of the 48 units above the shops would be designated as Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Units.
A report to Orange councillors said they would suit people with specialist needs.
"These SDA units will expand the availability of housing for persons who require a high level of specialised support to cater for their individual living needs," it said.
It said the Ryde-based applicant specialised in providing these facilities.
Orange mayor Cr Reg Kidd said it was great news.
"I think it's fantastic, a good site and its definitely good for Orange," he said.
Cr Kidd said there was plenty of need in Orange for such specialised accommodation.
He said staff would need to examine the development application before it went to council.
Cr Kidd said council would consider the project and make a recommendation on it .
However, as the development value exceeded its $5 million limit it would likely be decided over by the Western Regional Planning Panel.
The former shopping centre on the site was demolished in 2018 after a long-running dispute between council and the owner Eid Eid after it fell into disuse.
The shopping centre opened in the early 1980s and had six to eight businesses at a time.
Former councillor Ron Gander said in 2018 the centre closed in the early 2000s.
"It was fairly popular over there, when you first walked in there was a hardware store and there was a fish and chip shop," Mr Gander said.
However, he said shopkeepers left due to crime.
"You couldn't stop the shoplifting, you couldn't stop the graffiti, you couldn't stop people breaking in," he said.
The demolition started after the NSW Land and Environment Court ruled the owner had 60 days to clear the site.
Councillors have been told the development proposal is part of about $75 million worth of projects currently being considered for Orange.
It said they included new houses, commercial and industrial developments, subdivisions plus alterations and additions to properties.
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