A CENTRAL Wodonga eyesore will be eliminated by mid-year with a contract for its transformation poised to be awarded on Monday night.
Wodonga councillors have been recommended to award a contract to Stuart Gordon Landscaping for the makeover of the block of land next to Junction Square for the sum of $350,197 ahead of one other contender for the works on Monday night.
The meeting agenda states the land is owned by Development Victoria and is under a development agreement with a private developer.
"Council has recently negotiated and entered into a seven-year licence with Development Victoria, enabling the temporary development and activation of this space," the agenda states.
"The popularity of, and visitation to the Wodonga central business area will be complimented by the creation of this new green space which will also be available for extension and growth to exiting market days."
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The proposed works include about 2500 square metres of irrigated turf, paved areas, pathway to Jack Hore Way, benches under shade and trees and shrubs.
The landscaped area will also be protected by bollards along the western and southern edges.
The remaining 3500 square metres will become an overflow car park with access off Church Street with the works to be the subject of a separate tender.
"All existing temporary fencing will be removed and appropriate signage will be erected and maintained to demonstrate the temporary nature of the space," the agenda states.
"The project will have a positive social impact on the Wodonga community, visitors and the wider region by assisting in expanding an already vibrant and diverse public open space.
"The space will provide greater opportunities for social and cultural events, community education and the continued enhancement of quality of life."
The site was originally earmarked for commercial offices.
Funding for the project has been sourced as part of the City Heart revitalisation works with the project to start next month and be completed by no later than mid-June.