New site for Maclean supermarket

A NEW site has been thrown into the ring for the location of an enhanced supermarket in Maclean Central Business District.

Just days before Clarence Valley Council will meet to potentially reopen debate on Maclean car park as a supermarket site, Dale James, the owner of vacant land on River Street where Cafe Boulevard burnt down in 2006, has added his land to the debate.

Mr James said he is prepared to sell his block, just short of 1000 square metres, to any developer for the purpose of a new supermarket.

Adding to his offer, Mr James said the owners of the properties directly next to his are also willing to sell.

“My block and the adjacent land makes up 2400 square metres and that's immediately available,” he said.

If more land was needed, Mr James said a further 1200 square metres of land, also on the Boulevard block, could be available.

“There is as much land there as is available in the car park but no-one has shown any interest,” Mr James said.

“No developers have approached us and I haven't heard from any councillors.”

Mr James believes developers prefer the Maclean car park site because it is public land and they could get it at a discounted rate, rather than pay the market price for commercial land at the northern end of town.

At a public meeting in Maclean this week, developer Andrew Baker dismissed the Boulevard site, claiming the public car park was the only location for a supermarket that would fit in with his plans to redevelop the Maclean riverfront.

Mr James will contact Clarence Valley Councillors during the next week to inform them of the alternative site.



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