PLANS to build a 10-storey apartments tower on a vacant site in central Albury have been downsized to a two-level office block.
Two sons of long-serving Albury councillor and former mayor Patricia Gould secured planning approval from Albury Council in 2009 for the $10 million project.
Revised plans were recently approved for a $2 million energy efficient office block with one tenant, Insight Architecture, already signed up.
The building will retain its original name, Sakura, which is Japanese for cherry blossom.
Tenders will be called soon to build the office block with a tentative completion date set for February next year.
It will have four tenancies including the major one at ground level being 301 square metres.
Insight Architecture has taken up one of three tenancies on offer on the first floor and will relocate from its home of more than three years, in the Globe building in Kiewa Street.
A fully secure 16-space car park will be accessed from Spencer Street.
L.J. Colquhoun Dixon Real Estate agent Lachlan MacLeod said it was pleasing the long-time vacant site would finally be developed.
“But to finally see something happening is really good,” he said.
Meanwhile, the development application for an Aldi supermarket in Wagga Road has also been approved.
Aldi will close its existing Lavington Square supermarket when the larger operation opens within the former WOW Sight and Sound building in Wagga Road.
The supermarket and 93 accompanying car parks will also result in the demolition of the Albury Furnishing building next door.
Aldi plans to spend $2.4 million on the new supermarket.
It has another supermarket in Young Street, and its Wodonga store is currently undergoing an expansion which is due for completion in September.