Camden councillors are set to decide on the fate of the Camden Vale milk factory at tomorrow night’s council meeting.
Developer Costa Meitanis lodged a development application to create an $8 million restaurant precinct on the historic Argyle Street site.
Council staff have recommended that councillors approve the application “for demolition, alterations and additions to the existing Camden Vale Milk buildings.”
If approved the development will include five new food premises and a function centre, car parking spaces, landscaping and signage.
The development application for the site was resubmitted in March after the building’s proposed design, height and scale from the original application was widely criticised.
Camden Historical Society president Dr Ian Willis told the Advertiser in March that the new design was better than the previous submission.
“[The society] is quite pleased with the improvements made but we are still concerned about the bulk and size of the building,” he said.
“Coming from Narellan it will look like two to three storeys of blank wall.
“We hope to encourage the developers to think about the design because it exaggerates the bulk of the building.”
Dr Willis said he would like to see a conservation management plan put in place for the historical milk factory building.
“The land has to be used, the site can’t be left vacant but the new building has to be sympathetic to its heritage location,” he said.
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said the ‘gateway’ site had been vacant and dilapidated for too long.
“It’s good to see that someone was willing to take on the site,” she said.
“If approved the development will be an imporvement on the site.
“Right now it is being vandalised and the heritage building is decaying so it will be good to see the building restored.
“It’s a complex site but if the development is approved it will be good to see people going through there again.”