THE former Winsor Park Bowling Club site will be auctioned on October 19 for the first time since the NSW Railways acquired the land about 130 years ago.
The moves open the way for a developer to build up to four storeys on the site if the building doesn’t obscure the view of the railway station too much.
Albury agents Stanley & Martin are not disclosing the expected sale price but the state government asked the SS& A Club for $2 million about two years ago if it wanted to buy the freehold without any restrictions on reselling it.
The club gave up the lease from the NSW State Property Authority on June 30 last year after directors rejected the $2 million request and an alternative offer of paying only $500,000 on condition it was always used only as a bowling club.
A director of Stanley & Martin, Steve Martin, said the Young Street site was a prime location.
“It is zoned B4 Mixed Use, which allows it to be developed for a wide range of activities,” Mr Martin said.
“Retail, offices or even residential may be suitable for the site subject to council approval.”
Mr Martin noted that the site fell within the State Heritage Register boundary for Albury railway station precinct.
Historian Dr Bruce Pennay said he was pleased the city council had previously made clear that whatever replaced the greens and old clubrooms must respect the presence of the elegant railway station.
Winsor Park will be offered on two titles with a total area of just over 8300 square meters.
“This is one of the largest parcels to be offered in the Albury central business district for some time,” Mr Martin said.
“The majority of the site is vacant, which is a huge plus for developers as often the demolition costs of a site can price it out of contention.”
Steve Martin at the Winsor Bowling Club site.
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