A $5.5 million three-storey office block has been proposed in central Albury on the site of a medical clinic formerly occupied by banned surgeon Dr Roland von Marburg.
Developer Garry Zauner has lodged a development application this week with Albury Council for the 572 Kiewa Street site with features being an angle glass facade, atrium for access to all floors and rooftop garden for employees of businesses which occupy the building.
The corner site formerly known as Bethany was the residence used by Dalgety Farmers manager and later the home of tea merchant William Foo before being demolished.
The 1920s brick home's replacement building was designed by Leffler Simes Architects with the same firm designing the next door proposal.
It also designed the Gardens Medical Centre building.
The second floor is proposed to have the most amount of space available to lease with 584 square metres followed by 532 square metres on the first floor.
There will be 128 square metres on the ground floor which also includes 24 car parking spots.
The proposed building height is 14.8 metres and well within the 35 metres allowed in the area.
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Plans were prepared by Blueprint Planning.
"The proposal's building form and overall streetscape presence also facilitates the urban renewal of Kiewa Street in which the site is located by strengthening commercial linkages of the north-western part of the CBD to the main Dean Street retail core and Swift Street and Englehardt Street commercial areas," consultant James Laycock said.
"A 'bookend' of multi-storey commercial offices at the site will also facilitate the infill urban renewal of property along the eastern side of Kiewa Street leading back to the nearest non-single-storey building to the south.
"The proposal should be seen to be a positive catalyst for the further commercial strengthening of the area and higher economic and more efficient use of commercially zoned land."
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