Raymond Terrace squash centre to be demolished

An application has been lodged with Port Stephens Council for the work.THE Raymond Terrace squash centre is set to be demolished for a $1.8 million commercial development.

Designs from Hill Top Planners for a new two-storey complex were approved by Port Stephens Council in 2011 but no action has been taken on the site which has remained operational as a squash centre.

Now the developers have lodged a section 96 development application (DA) to modify the original plan.

This usually means the developer is getting ready to start construction on the site, or is preparing to sell the property which in this case belongs to Park and Shop Pty Ltd.

The plans show a two-storey building with about 40 car parks. The bottom level has a coffee shop, deck, commercial and retail space, while upstairs is devoted to office space.

The Examiner reported in 2011 that financial losses were the reason behind the redevelopment. At the time squash court caretaker Dee Bowen said a lack of patronage was a factor in the centre’s financial decline.

The centre has been open more than 20 years.

The Examiner contacted both the squash centre and Hill Top Planners for comment but did not receive a reply prior to printing.

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