BICYCLES and cars will be the future for the site of the former Winsor Park bowling club, which has been sold for a multimillion-dollar redevelopment.
Albury businessmen Terry Wolki and Stuart Baker announced yesterday the Wolki family and Baker Motors had bought the vacant site from the NSW government and will split it 50-50.
Mr Wolki said his family intended to build a large new home for their business, Pushys Bike Warehouse, on the half nearest the railway station entrance.
They are considering other commercial users for a possible multi-storey building.
It would be constructed so it did not interfere with the view of the iconic railway station.
“We may have to spend about $3 million on new buildings,” he said.
Winsor Park’s old clubrooms will be demolished and any new building will be built with a 11-metre setback from Smollett Street to meet council requirements.
Mr Baker said Baker Motors had no specific plans to develop its half of the site, which adjoins the recently completed extensions of the car dealership in Young Street.
“It’s a strategic purchase for us but we don’t have any immediate plans after just completing the extensions here,” he said.
Stanley & Martin negotiated the sale but the purchase price for the 8334-square-metre freehold site from the NSW Government Property Authority has not been disclosed.
It is known to be a little less than the original asking price of $2 million.
Mr Wolki and his family took over Pushys in July 2011, having sold their Utah 501 store in Dean Street and closed a music store in Centro Lavington, and have since increased their staff to 18.
“Our lease at 477 Young Street runs out in October so we would like to move by then,” he said.
“We’d like to build one of the biggest cycle stores in Australia, including a coffee shop and showers for cyclists.
“We have chosen a builder, Graeme Connelly, and building designer, Lindsay Jordon, and had a meeting with council officers last week that went very well.”
The proposed cycle store on Young Street would be a single-storey building to protect the station view but it must be set well back from the brick clubrooms which were built right on the footpath.
Mr Wolki said no decisions had been made about other occupants.
City planners would permit a multi-storey development within a building envelope.
The Wolki family formerly owned Birdsnest Chickens, which supplied chickens to the former bowls club for many years.
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