Gosford revitalisation project gains JRPP approval

Hundreds of new jobs are earmarked for Gosford’s CBD after the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel approved a Development Application by Property NSW for a new mixed use commercial building at 32 Mann Street Gosford.

CEO of Property NSW, Brett Newman, said the JRPP approval follows the tender process to secure a development partner to deliver the proposed mixed-use building at 32 Mann Street, Gosford, and develop the remaining 1.1 hectares of land on the site.

“Endorsement for the project by the JRPP is an important milestone in the Government’s plan to invest in the local economy and revitalise the CBD and waterfront, delivering hundreds of new jobs to the region,” Mr Newman said.

Property NSW is currently reviewing the tender proposals and will announce a preferred proponent shortly.

Mr Newman said the Government had received excellent responses through the public EOI process to deliver a mix of development opportunities for the site, including restaurants, car parking, short-term accommodation, residential and generous open space for the community that will provide pedestrian access between Mann Street and the waterfront precinct through the site.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Gosford. This proposal will deliver a much-needed boost for the  Central Coast,” Mr Newman said.

The proposed uses of the site comply with the Central Coast Council’s ‘Gosford Development Control Plan’, and will ensure the site contributes to activation of the Waterfront Precinct and support the revitalisation objectives detailed in the ‘Our City, Our Destiny Masterplan’.

The two stage tender process saw Property NSW seek a developer to partner with the NSW Government to build the six storey, 7000m² mixed use commercial building and purchase the mixed use precinct for developing into a vibrant and active area connecting the Gosford CBD to the waterfront.

In April 2016, the Government announced that more than 300 public service roles from the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation would relocate to Gosford in late 2018 to be accommodated in a new A grade, environmentally sustainable building to be constructed on a portion of the site at 32 Mann Street, Gosford.

Aside from the 300+ jobs, the development is expected to create 90 direct construction jobs, 30 jobs in the design and planning stages and more than 330 ongoing indirect jobs for Gosford.