Quest ‘a sign of city’s strength’

BUILDING projects such as the Quest Apartments showed Wodonga was going from strength to strength, the city’s council was told this week.

“This is a significant spend on this part of the city and a significant spend full stop,” Cr Anna Speedie said.

The rapidly emerging Quest building, which includes a tavern, was the major contributor boosting the value of the council’s building permits for November to a tick over $27 million.

The permit for the Quest project values it at $19.8 million.

About $25 million is expected to be spent on the project by the time it opens mid year. It being developed by the Joss and Perry families.

Its 80 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and a hotel will be linked by a walkway.

The rest of November’s approvals — only those valued at more than $100,00 are listed — were for houses, valued at $156,556 to $400,000.

Two approvals were for a $500,000 hospitality centre at Wodonga Senior Secondary College and $300,000 of work at a Stanley Street preschool.

The value of permits dropped substantially in December — to $6.3 million — but there were still some notable projects.

Cr Eric Kerr singled out a house to be built in Kingswood Way, Wodonga for $1.6 million.

Cr Mike Fraser said December’s permits highlighted the increasing role of education.

He was referring to $265,000 in alterations and additions at the Albury Wodonga Community College and $351,000 being spent at St Monica’s Primary School.

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