UPPER Hunter Shire Council has purchased a Kelly Street property, for $125,000, to provide public toilets, pedestrian access through to Farram Lane and an opportunity for new retail activities.
The building at 133 Kelly Street, which was formerly the Scone Sports Store, is in poor structural condition including extensive termite damage to the roof structure which will have to be removed.
The heritage facade including the awning will be retained and repaired and the commercial space will be used for retail purposes.
The new pedestrian laneway will connect Kelly Street and Farram Lane via a landscaped courtyard, and provide more parking for those visiting the CBD.
The concept designed by Upper Hunter Architects, includes greenery in the indoor/outdoor space and extensive landscaping at the back of the building connecting to Farram Lane including seating, gardens and public art.
The new accessible unisex toilets will include baby change facilities.
The provision of more parking and public toilets in the Scone CBD are two of the recommendations of the Scone Town Revitalisation Masterplan.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the project was the first of many being planned for the Scone CBD to make it more attractive and functional.
Scone Revitalisation committee chairperson Cr James Burns said the project had been well-received by the committee.
“It’s a fantastic way to kick off revitalisation in Scone,” he said.