Developers have unveiled a proposed $40 million neighbourhood retail centre for Cobram, which could open as soon as 2020.
Cobram Village would offer a full-line supermarket, a smaller supermarket, medical services, banks, restaurants, discount stores, cafes, fresh produce and takeaway food, providing an economic boost to the area.
The proposed site at Colgan St is vacant, with the proposed development said to revitalise the entry point into the town, as well as create more than 200 construction jobs and a further 200 ongoing local jobs.
Scott Spanton, chief executive of developer Tipalea Partners, said the project would complement the existing retail offering and introduce new retailers and services to the town.
Mr Spanton said his team set out to identify strong regions that were under-serviced in terms of retail and that Cobram stood out like a sore thumb.
‘‘We have just commenced our community engagement process where we work with the community to understand what they want to see in their new centre and to keep everyone up to date with the progress of the project,’’ Mr Spanton said.
‘‘A rough timeline is that we hope to have our approvals in place by early 2019, construction under way by the end of 2019, and open in 2020.’’
Under the proposal, the main entry to Cobram Village would be from Colgan St and the Murray Valley Hwy, and the centre would extend to Park Crt and Cobram-Koonoomoo Rd in the west.
A permit for the development is before the Moira Shire Council, but Mr Spanton said there would be extensive community consultation.
The developer will host the first of its community meetings next month at the town hall.
To keep up to date with the process, visit Facebook.com/CobramVillage