PREPARATION works are underway for the construction for the 77-room Quest Apartment complex at the Ballarat Station precinct.
And it comes as calls are put out for retail businesses who are wanting to be part of the new development.
Stage one of the $51 million Ballarat Station redevelopment included the 405-space, multi-level commuter car park which opened in February.
Now preparation works are underway for the development of the Quest Apartment complex while expressions of interest are also being called for the retail precinct which will be located in the historic goods shed, built in 1862.
The project will see the new hotel and convention centre, public square and retail precinct with the hub being constructed by the Pellicano group.
Pellicano Managing Director Nando Pellicano said the space will support ongoing population growth as the city heads towards a 200,000 population by 2050.
He said retail space within the goods shed presents an exciting opportunity for local businesses to join one of the city's most significant redevelopments within a stunning historic building.
Available space ranges from 25sqm to 1200sqm, offering flexible tenancy areas to suit a variety of retailers.
"We are seeking an eclectic retail mix, from small businesses to larger national retailers looking to move into the area" Mr Pellicano said.
"We will aim to work closely with businesses to ensure the spaces suit their needs."
He said the Public Plaza will become a location for events, markets and general public use in hope that it becomes a bustling activity area near the centre of the city.
An extra 150 car parks will also be included in the next stage, lifting the current capacity from 405 to 555 spaces. The works are expected to be completed late in 2020.
It comes as the Regional Development Victoria is preparing to install traffic lights along Nolan Street to deal with the expected influx of traffic once the further 150 car parks are installed and a new bus interchange is installed at the site.
A City of Ballarat spokesperson said RDV will provide the funding and the building of the lights while the City of Ballarat will take on management of the lights once built. The lights are expected to be installed prior to the bus interchange being built.
For retail leasing contact Pellicano 8562 4300 or email email@example.com.
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