One more piece for Lavi jigsaw

AN eyesore in Wagga Road, Lavington, is about to be transformed with plans lodged for an $850,000 commercial development.

The former car yard site at the south-west corner of Wagga and Kaylock roads has been earmarked for a mix of food and small business tenancies in a development application lodged with Albury Council.

The plans, which also include 24 visitor and employee car parks fronting Wagga Road, have been submitted by Phil Wilkins Building Design for G. and P. Wright.

If approved, the development would continue a resurgence of investment that has given Lavington the Northpoint Tower incorporating Lavington Library, WAW and shops, a new Albury ambulance station and the Doctors at Lavington building.

The corner site is fenced off and a disused amenities block will be demolished.

Other nearby businesses include Rivers clothing store, KFC and a Caltex service station which is also being refurbished.

The submitted plans shows a third of the 2022 square metre site will be built on.

Hours of operation are proposed to be 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 10pm weekends, depending on the tenancy.

Last year Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce successfully lobbied Albury Council for a switch of $600,000 funding to Wagga Road from Griffith Road.

Wagga Road had been in freefall since 2007 when it ceased being the Hume Highway after the opening of the internal freeway.

The economic downturn and lack of appeal and aesthetics of the Wagga Road streetscape prompted businesses to lobby for the funding switch.

Beautification works will come at the expense of roadside car parking between the Five Ways and Kaylock Road, the spaces are expected to drop from 108 to 80 car parks.

Chamber of commerce chairman Phil Clements said yesterday the development demonstrated further confidence in the local area.

“It is certainly something that is welcomed, but not totally unexpected,” he said.