One of the prominent and talked about sites in Nowra is set to be redeveloped.
The Mosman Property Group has acquired the Nowra Gateway Caravan Park adjacent to the Nowra Bridge, with plans to establish a tourism and business/conference accommodation venue.
There have been calls over many years to redevelop the caravan park location with something more appealing as an entry to Nowra.
Described by many as an "eyesore", over the years the park has been the site of a number of serious incidents including stabbings, shootings and drug busts, with police called to the location on a regular basis.
Mosman Property Group Director, Jesse Xu said the site would be developed principally as tourism and business/conference accommodation, providing an aesthetic gateway to Nowra.
The plan is to have hotel rooms sitting above waterfront cafés and family restaurants, with all rooms orientated toward the Shoalhaven River and Cambewarra Mountain range.
The park will be progressively vacated by tenants over the next 12 months.
Mr Xu said the proposed scheme will feature hotel rooms sitting above waterfront cafés and family restaurants, with all rooms orientated toward theShoalhaven River and Cambewarra Mountain range.
A landscaped terrace in front of the restaurants will feature outdoor dining atop the riverbank and tie in with hotel conference facilities.
Mr Xu's business partner, Nicholas Warden, who was born and raised in Nowra, says the site represented an opportunity to unlock a unique part of the Shoalhaven Riverfront, providing significant economic and social benefit to the area.
"The scheme will be a catalyst for the implementation of Shoalhaven City Council's Nowra Riverfront and Leisure Precinct and build quickly upon the extensive work already completed by council to reinvigorate the city's connectivity to the river," Mr Warden said.
Accompanying the hotel development will be residential apartments aimed at the downsizer market. Designed with wide frontages taking in the extensive views over the Shoalhaven River, this development will provide a high level of amenity not currently available in the local area.
An opportunity to unlock a unique part of the Shoalhaven Riverfront, providing significant economic and social benefit to the area.Nicholas Warden
Mosman Property Group builds and operates regional accommodation hotels, providing tourist and business travellers with larger than average, high-quality rooms with styling and features more akin to city hotels.
It is envisaged a preliminary plan for the site will be presented to Shoalhaven City Council in coming months.
Shoalhaven Council has long expressed a desire to activate the Shoalhaven River front precinct, describing it as a priority.
It has established the Nowra Riverfront Leisure and Entertainment Precinct: Strategic Direction Review and Analysis and Proposed Planning Controls Report to shape the future of Nowra and strengthen its role as the civic, community, tourism and recreational hub for the Shoalhaven region.
In November last year the NSW Government established the Nowra Riverfront Advisory Taskforce with the aim to speed up development along the Nowra riverfront foreshore.
A number of agencies and people have been invited to be on the taskforce including Local Government Minister and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock, Kiama MP Gareth Ward, Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips, Shoalhaven City Council, Department of Regional NSW, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, NSW Health, NSW Land and Housing Corporation and Transport for NSW.
The group will work to ensure activities are coordinated and aligned to existing works already underway, including the new Nowra Bridge.
The taskforce will examine opportunities for strategic development, appropriate planning controls to facilitate investment, affordable housing and social infrastructure requirements, traffic flow and funding opportunities.
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