Bega Valley Shire Council has received a development application valued at over $7.5 million for a building in Merimbula.
Submitted by Milestone, a specialist town planning, development management and construction business, the DA is for an Aldi supermarket on the land for which the company holds an option on Lot 946 DP604076 and Lot 949 DP810986, 103 and 105-107 Main Street, Merimbula.
The submission of the DA, and the associated costs involved, give certainty to the sale of the land where the old library and squash courts have been located.
Fairfax Media understands that Aldi is keen to start work by the end of February on the supermarket development which has been valued at $7,620,327.
The work will bring money into the town, at the very least indirectly, although local building company Rankin Builders is believed to be in discussion with Aldi over its building plans.
Rankin is currently working on the Woolworth supermarket adjacent to the Aldi site and would be well-placed to understand the site and access issues that need to be considered.
The option on the land, owned by council, ends in mid February after council negotiated with Romfam, the company dealing with the land purchase for Aldi, to extend the option until after the busiest part of the summer season to allow use of the existing 20-30 car parking spaces on the site.
Romfam has originally asked for a six month extension to its option which could have meant work starting at the height of the season.
Aldi has referred all questions to council. Council has been asked for a comment.