Umina Mall site could have bright future, says Mehrtens
The recent fire at Umina Mall presents an opportunity for renewal of the site says Central Coast Councillor Richard Mehrtens.
The site is in a prime location between Woy Woy and Umina which Councillor Mehrtens says serves as an important shopping point for nearby residents.
"For locals who don't want or need to go all the way to Umina or Woy Woy and deal with the hassle of parking or traffic, Umina Mall is the perfect place to stop and shop.
"I hope that the owners of the site have a vision to keep the best bits of the site alive, such as its accessibility and convenience, and focus on the necessities of life that people rely on."
Cr Mehrtens said that Council had a role to play in the future of the site as the adjoining road has been previously offered for sale to the owners of Umina Mall.
"There is a long history going back to Gosford Council days when it had attempted to sell the road to the owners of the site, which was knocked back at the time," Cr Mehrtens said.
"I understand that the negotiations had fallen over during the period of Administration, but I hope that given a new Council and these new and unique circumstances, that both parties can be reasonable and do what's in the best interest of the community to get the land sold.
"This site could have a bright future if Council and the owners can work together."
Media statement, 25 Jan 2019
Cr Richard Mehrtens, Central Coast Council
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