Plaza could be set for an upgrade

AN EXTENSION to the Stanthorpe Plaza could be on the agenda if the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) receives an application by the building's owners to upgrade the structure.

Council has received preliminary information regarding an upgrade and extension of the plaza but is waiting for a full application to approve the use of council land.

SDRC director of planning and environment Ken Harris said some initial discussions had been undertaken with a consultant representing the building's owners.

"There have been some initial discussions with a consultant for Stanthorpe Plaza about things like the current loading dock and the issues the trucks have in the one-way street," Mr Harris said.

"Time-wise it depends on how quickly the consultant comes back with plans that council can sign-off on.

"That will lead to a formal application process being put to council."

Mr Harris said the council considered an upgrade to be "very desirable" and said it would achieve a large increase in the size of Woolworths as well as improving the building's appearance.

"We (the council) think it is a very desirable development and it is great that something like this is happening in Stanthorpe," he said.

Councillor Mally McMurtrie managed the plaza for some time and also said she welcomed the continued upgrade of the plaza.

But she said considering the current retail climate it was a big move for anyone to be considering an upgrade.

"They will be keeping a very big promise and I am very pleased to see it," Cr McMurtrie said.

"The plaza is an extension in the main street and this will be a big step forward to keep people shopping in their own region and locally."

The council hopes to receive a complete application for consideration.

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