Could this be Ballarat’s best placed vacant commercial block?

It may very well be Ballarat’s best placed vacant block, and for just over $1 million 205 Armstrong Street South could all be yours. 

On the market: More than 1000 square metres of vacant commercial land in the heart of Ballarat has hit the market. Picture: Lachlan Bence

On the market: More than 1000 square metres of vacant commercial land in the heart of Ballarat has hit the market. Picture: Lachlan Bence

The 1046-square-metre block on the corner of Grant and Armstrong streets had previously been home to Leading Edge Computers, which burned down during the night in December 2016.  

The building’s remnants were removed in September 2017 and the block has since sat vacant.  The property is listed for sale through Ray White for $1,075,000 plus GST.   

The commercial-zoned block sits alongside Federation University’s TAFE campus on Grant Street.  A FedUni spokesperson told The Courier the university had no interest in acquiring the block. 

The Courier contacted Ray White director Trevor Booth, who declined to comment.

Emergency services attend the fire scene in December 2016.

Emergency services attend the fire scene in December 2016.

The sale comes after council deferred a decision earlier this month to transform another vacant CBD block which had been struck by fire.   

Earlier this year an application was lodged with council to construct a five-storey office complex at 11 Grenville Street North, the former home of the Plaster Fun House.   

The new $5 million proposal would create a home for up to 150 Department of Justice employees.   

The proposal has received significant backlash due to the building’s limited parking as well as heritage concerns.  The city’s heritage adviser had suggested the proposal not go ahead in its current form as it sits within a heritage overlay. 

In 2014 the former two-storey building was destroyed by the blaze.