Council prepares admin building DA
Maitland City Council has moved into the final stages of preparing its development application for a new administration building on High Street.
Several alterations have been made to the original concept design based on heritage findings and accessibility however the position on the site, facing High Street to the corner of Devonshire Street, has not changed.
The new design now incorporates the old Town Hall Café shopfront that exists on the block as an investigation by a heritage consultant found that it has a high level of local heritage significance, largely as a result of its age. The building dates to around 1850.
Connections to the Town Hall have also been included to provide greater access to the facility, with a new loading dock and refurbishment of the Town Hall kitchen then able to service both buildings. New public toilets are also included.
“This isn’t just a building for the sake of a building,” Cr Peter Garnham said.
“Our workforce deserve and expect to work in a building where they’re not cramped, where it is an inviting place and where they can feel comfortable at work.
“We get more benefit out of our employees in that sort of an atmosphere so I think for us to attract and keep the type of experience we’ve currently got, we need to look after them.”
Council staff are currently spread across several sites.
The DA is expected to be lodged early next year.