Goverment announces plans for the old Gosford school site

THE wait is over. The future of the old Gosford School site has been revealed and the vision does not include a regional performing arts centre.

Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet today announced a development application would be lodged within weeks to deliver a six-storey, 7000sq m mixed-use commercial building housing 300 finance workers and ground-floor retail and alfresco dining.

It will be built next to the proposed ATO office block.

At the same time an expression of interest will be issued looking for private developers to deliver the government’s plans for the remainder of the 1.6ha site.

This vision is for a mixed-use building with employment, food and beverage, retail, parking, short-term accommodation and residential uses.

During an exclusive briefing delivered to the Express Advocate before the official announcement this morning, Mr Perrottet said the time for talking was over.

He said the government would push ahead with its plans for the old school site despite calls for a regional performing arts centre to be built on the site.

He said a range of other sites were being considered for the performing arts centre including the proposed Waterside development in Mann St.

“Our plan will revitalise the entire precinct, it will bring Gosford alive,” he said. “It means 300 jobs will be relocated to Gosford from Sydney, on top of the government’s commitment to a further 10-year lease on its site in Donnison St where there are over 620 staff.

“That’s almost 1000 government jobs in Gosford and another 600 from the ATO.

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