Developer promises milk factory project will be 'worth the wait'

Prepped for change: Construction works at the historic Camden Vale Milk Factory site haven't started yet. Picture: Kayla Osborne
Prepped for change: Construction works at the historic Camden Vale Milk Factory site haven't started yet. Picture: Kayla Osborne

"Be patient - it will be worth the wait."

That's the message from the owner-operator of the Camden Vale Milk Factory, Costa Meitanis.

The iconic building looks almost the same as it did two years ago despite plans to turn the former factory into a restaurant precinct.

Construction on the $8 million development was expected to start earlier this year.

However Mr Meitanis said the development company, Bespoke Holding, was still in the design process.

"We want to take our time to make it special," he said.

"We understand how important the building is to so many people in the community.

"We want to preserve the original buildings while making them as functional as possible.

"Construction is easy, the design work is the hardest part."

Bespoke Holdings have not disclosed the names of businesses currently involved in tenancy negotiations at the site however a whiskey bar and inner-city style restaurants are believed to be opening at the site.

Mr Meitanis said he could not reveal too much about the tenants or the finer details of the site.

"It is really exciting and coming together nicely but I can't say too much," he said.

"It's a project that will bring the whole community together.

"What we have so far is a perfect fit for the building.

"There will be so much onsite parking that everyone will be able to enjoy it when it opens."

Camden Council approved the development in November 2017 after the design had been altered several times by the developers.

Camden councillor Lara Symkowiak said at the time that she would hate to see the site sitting idle and decaying for the next 10 years.

"That gateway property is an eyesore, given the complexity of the site I am not surprised that nothing has come before council until this development," she said.

"I think [the proposed plans] are a much better outcome for the site.

"The heritage building will be restored and filled with historical information about the buildings previous use."

The new precinct is set to include five new food premises and a function centre, car parking spaces, landscaping and signage.

Work was expected to begin earlier this year however delays in the design process mean construction at the site will now start in 2020.