New plans for former hospital site

16th December 2016

New plans for former hospital site Hospital site annoucement

Orange City Council has signed an agreement with Health Infrastructure for the purchase of the old Orange Base Hospital.

Orange Mayor John Davis said the deal was about taking a controlling interest in a development opportunity.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is an entire city block close to the CBD. There are great opportunities to retrofit parts of the old hospital and to create new types of residential living not generally offered in regional cities,” Cr Davis said.

“We have a master plan offering commercial opportunities, higher residential densities, apartment living and terrace housing.”

The sale price of the 2.1 hectare hospital sites is $3.3 million. Orange City Council will pay Health Infrastructure $1 million and $2.3 million will be retained to cover the costs of demolition and remediation.

Stage one involves demolition and remediation across the site. This will require development consent. 

Subsequent stages will include the establishment of a Development Control Plan (DCP) for the site which will include community consultation. There will also be an expression of interest process to secure investment and partners for the development as detailed in the completed DCP.

The preferred development option for the project includes:

  •  2000 m2 of park area and 700 m2 of verge widening
  •  68 dwellings made up of 28 apartments in the redeveloped Ward block and 40 houses in a mix of terrace housing / townhouses and detached / duplex housing
  •  10 mixed use properties (retail / commercial / residential)
  •  Refurbished Ambulance building forming a commercial development.

Sustainable Development Committee Chairman Cr Jeff Whitton said this could have gone to the market and resulted in a  regular residential development.Adaptive re-use of an apratment

“I know we can do better and a master plan for the site confirms that,” Cr Whitton said.

“We have some great residential opportunities on the fringes of the city in places like the Waratahs development and Shiralee to the south. These areas suit the needs of a significant sector of the homebuyers market. The old hospital development will offer something new and different.”

“In the coming years this will also be a significant driver of economic growth in the city  creating up to 40 construction jobs a year across five years.”

Orange residents should not expect construction in the short term.

“We have some ideas about what the site is capable of and can deliver for the city. But there is more work to be done on understanding the vision the Orange community has for the site and what will work for a successful development,” Cr Davis said.

It involves a quality redevelopment of a unique site as has occurred in similar redevelopments of former institutional/government sites in metropolitan areas.

It would fit and complement the heritage area and encourage significant growth arising from residential and business redevelopment and the conservation of a unique area with high public interest qualities

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