No deal on old police house
HARD economic times have been blamed for the failure of this heritage-listed building to attract any bidders since being put up for lease six months ago.
The Department of Lands put out a request for proposals for the former police residence, at 1 Duke Street, Grafton, in October.
A spokesman said the department did not receive any formal responses, even after extending the time frame for offers to the end of February.
“Discussions with prospective interested parties indicated that in the current economic environment, the opportunity was not considered viable,” he said.
The site is owned by the Department of Lands and trust managed by Clarence Valley Council.
Council asset manager George Kriflik said initially someone expressed interest in putting a restaurant in the building but had opened elsewhere by the time the request for proposal process started in October.
He said the Department of Lands recently proposed to take back control of the property, as well as Boulevard Reserve on the south side of the river, which is managed by the same trust. The decision would have to go to council, but if passed, would mean it would be up to the department to decide what to do with the site.
“I don't know their plans any more than they may be doing the necessary refurbishments,” Mr Kriflik said.The department's spokesman said the department was discussing alternative potential uses for the site with council.
“The department and the trust remain committed to identifying an opportunity that will enable the heritage building to be restored,” he said.