WORK has started on the clean-up of the site of a proposed $10 million serviced apartment block in Kinghorne Street, Nowra.
The four-storey block of 41 serviced apartments is planned for the former Nowra Mazda car yard on the corner of Kinghorne and Plunkett streets.
Plans for the project were approved last December and will also include a block in Plunkett Street.
The development was originally lodged with Shoalhaven City Council by the Ai Group, but the Albury based Joss Group have taken over the development.
There will be one one-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom apartments.
The four-and-a-half star, self-contained serviced apartments are designed for the travelling professional but will also incorporate some larger suites for family groups.
Work is underway on the removal of the concrete apron area and former fuel tanks, from when the site had petrol station facilities.
Demolition of the associated building will start this year followed by the pile work for the footings of the new building.
Construction is expected to take around a year and during the height of the work between 50 and 60 contractors will be onsite.
The development will also include one retail tenancy as well as basement car parking for 55 vehicles.
Shoalhaven City Council has also approved an application for another nine apartment complex at 148 Kinghorne Street.
The complex has been designed by Craig White Building Design, for Texi Pty Ltd, whose director is John Lawrence.
Eight of the units will be one bedroom, while there will be one two bedroom unit, which will cater for families.
Four units will be on the ground floor, with one designed to meet current disabled access standards, with the other five units on the top floor, including the two bedroom unit.
There will also be on-site parking for 12 vehicles, including a disabled park.
It is expected there will be an increased demand for serviced apartments in Nowra, especially as contractors working on new helicopter projects at HMAS Albatross seek accommodation.