IGA land deal is almost done

WHAT’S COMING: An artist’s impression of the new Maclean IGA supermarket.
WHAT’S COMING: An artist’s impression of the new Maclean IGA supermarket.

THE final sale of the land for the new 2000sqm Maclean IGA could take place within weeks with construction of the supermarket potentially only months away.

Clarence Valley Council planning director Des Schroder said he hoped the sale would be finalised by the end of the month after some complications held it up last year.

"It's going through, it's imminent, hopefully by the end of the month," he said.

Mr Schroder said the next step for the council would be approving the final design of the IGA which would be submitted once the sale was finalised. With the loss of parking due to the location of the site, Mr Schroder said the main priority for the council would be constructing more car parks.

"We need the detailed design for the IGA so we can get the drainage for the parking and those things sorted," Mr Schroder said.

IGA will provide 100 car parking spaces on the same site as the supermarket.

"IGA only had to provide 70 spaces so they have provided 30 more than that and on top of that council has already constructed about 20 car parks behind the library," Mr Schroder said.

"It will be up in the air, a semi basement car park with some parking around the edges. Not very unlike (Grafton) Shoppingworld to a degree."

While there has been controversy surrounding the project, Maclean Chamber of Commerce president John Riggall has supported the new edition.

Metcash, the company purchasing the land, was contacted regarding who would own and run the Maclean IGA but it did not respond by the time of print.

In other development news, Mr Schroder said thanks to the final designs being selected for the new Grafton bridge there was starting to be some interest in the area around Bunnings and BCF at South Grafton.

"It makes it strategically more viable," he said. "We are getting some businesses inquiring about those areas."

Topics:  iga land maclean supermarket

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