WORK on the long anticipated Woolworths shopping centre development at Vincentia is expected to start by the end of the year.
The complex is planned for the land at the intersection of Jervis Bay Road and The Wool Road near the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash met with representatives of the company’s development team on the site recently to discuss the project.
“They will be on site by the end of the year and tenders will be called within the next few months for builders. They hope to open for Christmas 2015,” she said.
“It is very exciting. It has been a long time coming, I think people had given up but we will see some activity there shortly.”
Stage one will include Woolworths and Aldi Supermarkets, specialty shops and a service station.
Council has already received a development application for the $800,000 service station which will be constructed at the intersection of Naval College Road and Moona Creek Road, adjacent to the new complex.
“There will also be a lot of green space which is really wonderful,” Cr Gash said.
“The plans will go on display shortly.”
Although there was no indications about the proposed Big W store, Cr Gash said that is planned for stage two of the development.
“The company has already spent between $30 and $35 million on the proposal for DAs, consultancy fees, land acquisition and design costs, so it is an expensive exercise,” she said.
“The project was redesigned to meet in with the community’s wants. I think they have done an excellent job.
“The community is just as anxious to see it happen as we are at council.
“We are encouraging them very strongly to get moving.
“This is a good, positive sign.”