Former school site to go to housing
By EMMA CORNFORD
THE TREES around the edges of the site have been felled, but it will be some time before people in Grafton will see the new building development earmarked for the block of vacant land on the corner of Queen and North streets.
The land, owned by Grafton's catholic parish, will include 18 building blocks which will all be around 800 square metres in size.
Parish business manager Eris Hackett said prices for the blocks and other details had not yet been finalised.
"Clearing it is about as far as we've got at this stage," he said.
"We're still going through the motions of getting tenders to put the road in, sewerage and that kind of thing. The prices of blocks will be dependent on the market at the time."
The land ? pictured right ? where the new residential development will be built was originally designated as the site for the new McAuley Catholic College, which instead opened at Clarenza last year.
"I wasn't privy to the reasons behind that decision (because) it was a few yers ago and before I came here. The land has been owned by the parish for some years but it was surplus to requirements."
Mr Hackett said there had been quite a lot of interest in the development.
"It's been going to happen for a few years now and so there's been quite a lot of interest from prospective buyers."