Developer expands on plans for old railway precinct at Wodonga Ratepayers' Association meeting

All aboard: An artist's impression of how the look-a-like train carriages will appear when they are built in Sidings Park on the former railway land in central Wodonga.
All aboard: An artist's impression of how the look-a-like train carriages will appear when they are built in Sidings Park on the former railway land in central Wodonga.

REPLICA train carriages, housing cafes and shops, will be built as part of the redevelopment of old railway land in central Wodonga.

Station 73 developer Clinton Williams outlined the train tribute on Tuesday night at a Wodonga Ratepayers’ Association meeting.

“They will have the same look and characteristics of trains,” Mr Williams said.

“These carriages will be situated in a few different spots in Sidings Park and these will be for restaurants and coffee shops or gift shops.”

Mr Williams told The Border Mail four ‘carriages’ will be constructed of timber, steel and aluminium with one appearing to emerge from the Goods Shed and three others bunched.

Groundwork has begun for the buildings with Mr Williams saying tenants would be sought in the next two months in anticipation of them being complete by the end of the year after having already been approved by Wodonga Council.

Mr Williams also told the meeting of his timetable for the construction of a cinema complex, 150-room motel, apartments and an office block.

The business accommodation would be on the corner of High Street and Bond Street, which is being renamed Jack Hore Place.

“That development will be a multi-storey office building with car parks underneath and a few retail shops,” Mr Williams said.

“We haven’t done a lot of retail shops because there are enough around in Wodonga at the moment which are empty.”

Mr Williams said a Station 73 office would open inside the Goods Shed by the end of March to showcase plans for the precinct and promote sales of a planned 96 units.

Gearing up: Clinton Williams at the old Wodonga railway station which is having its environs transformed by his development works.

Gearing up: Clinton Williams at the old Wodonga railway station which is having its environs transformed by his development works.

He said 50 per cent of the apartments would have to be sold before construction of them began. 

“The planning process...can take anything up to six months, once the planning process is approved then we can start,” he said. 

“(It) will be a 12 months build.” 

In relation to the motel, Mr Williams said he was negotiating with two high-end accommodation firms to operate it. 

Construction of the motel would not start until next year, Mr Williams said.