Maitland City Council calls for input on future use of former Administration Building
Maitland City Council is calling for ideas from the community and proposals from interested parties to help guide the future of its former Administration Building at 285 High Street.
With more than 1,500 square metres of floor space across three floors, there is ample opportunity for several different types of potential reuse to help Council activate the east end of Central Maitland.
Built in the early 1980s, the site is ideally placed at the east end of Maitland’s High Street, close to local transport links, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Town Hall, and the Regional Sports Complex.
The building now lies dormant following Council’s move into the new Maitland Administration Centre at the other end of the block and presents an attractive opportunity for reactivation.
General Manager, David Evans said Council recognises the range of potential benefits to the community and wants suggestions on future use before determining the next steps.
‘There are two main goals of this process: to help Council better understand what the community wants to see here and understand what level of community and commercial interest there is in adaptive reuse of the site,’ Mr Evans said.
‘We know there are some community members who have strong views about what we could do with the former Administration Building, and this is their chance to let us know what they think is perfect for this site.
‘Whether it’s a community group reactivating the site, a commercial endeavour, accommodation, hospitality, or anything in between, we’re keen to consider all options to make sure we get the best outcome for the Maitland community and the precinct.’
At the end of the expression of interest process, Council officers will prepare a report for the elected Council to decide the next steps in the reuse process, anticipated to be around mid 2023.
To take a look inside the former Administration Building, have your say as a community member or offer up a high level proposal for the reuse of the site, head to mait.city/former-admin-building and follow the prompts.