Friday, June 21, 2024

Plans for former Orange hospital site go on show

Plans to build new multi-level apartments on the western end of the former Orange Base Hospital site have gone on exhibition for community comment.

Orange City Council said today it had received a Development Application (DA) from the Central West based MAAS Group and had written to residents in the neighbourhood to tell them about the project.

The DA seeks approval to build apartment buildings on the vacant land next to the DPIE building in Prince Street, Orange.

The proposed project will include:

  • a row of 17 two-storey townhouses on Dalton Street, with a 34-space basement car park;
  • a five-storey apartment building containing 63 apartments on Prince Street, with a 104-space basement car park;
  • a public park between the residential buildings.

Orange Mayor, Jason Hamling is encouraging local residents to find out more about the proposed project and to consider making a submission.

“This is a first for Orange. It’s the first time a proposal for a large, multi-storey apartment block has been put forward and I’m hoping residents take the time to find out more about it, and think about making a submission if they wish,” Mayor Hamling said.

As part of the project, a proposed planning agreement will see Orange City Council take ownership of the park area once it has been established.

Currently there’s a height limit of 16 metres over part of the site. The proposal seeks permission to increase this limit to 20.25 metres over part of the apartment building.

While Orange City Council is dealing with the public exhibition of the DA, the consideration of its approval will be handled by the Western Regional Planning Panel (WRPP) due to the value of the project.

Orange City Council and MAAS have entered an agreement for the sale of the site which will soon be finalised.

Project documents are available on the YourSay Orange website. The deadline for comments from the community is 5pm on Monday, 18 July.

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