Maclean IGA still going ahead as planned

CIRCULATING rumours that the Maclean IGA may not go ahead have been quashed.

Speculation about the impending construction of the CBD supermarket has swirled thick and fast since residents first noticed 'sold' signs had been placed on two vacant blocks of land, across the road from the future IGA site.

A spokesman for Metcash, IGA's parent company, said the Maclean IGA would definitely be built, but could neither confirm or deny rumours that Metcash had bought either of the two recently sold blocks - one on the corner of Argyle St and Clyde St, the other on the corner of Argyle St and Morven St.

It has been suggested the land may have been bought by the company to be used for parking purposes.

A 2000sq m section of the Cameron Park carpark was sold to Metcash for the Maclean IGA site in recent months.

One of the agreements of the sale by council was a provision that the developer provide100 car parking spaces at the site.

Clarence Valley Council planning director Des Schroder told The Daily Examiner in January that parking at the site would likely be a "semi-basement car park with some parking around the edges. Not very unlike (Grafton) Shoppingworld to a degree".

More recent discussion at the council meetings has revolved around temporary parking solutions during the supermarket's construction.

Up to 139 parking spaces from the currently available 391 spaces will be temporarily removed from the carpark adjacent to Centenary Dr, Maclean during the development's construction.

Clarence Valley councillor Andrew Baker said if the rumours about the vacant land sale were true, it would be a positive development for Maclean.

"I hope for the sake of the town and everybody here that they are true," Cr Baker said.

"It would really help Maclean a lot."

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