Council to receive confidential report about Umina Mall

A confidential report about the future of the Umina Mall shopping centre will be presented to Central Coast Council in September.
Cr Richard Mehrten requested the confidential report on the status of the proposed sale of the roadway and land around the burnt out shopping centre, which was destroyed by fire in January.
He wants to see options for the sale that reflect the good faith previously shown by the former Gosford council and the owner of site and the need for urgent action to bring the site back to life.
Cr Mehrten put up his request at the August 26 meeting and it was passed together with a number of other items. His motion was not debated.
It called on council to receive a 400 signature petition from residents calling for action to rebuild the site to give locals back their shopping centre.
The council also noted there was an existing approved development application for the site and that delays had occurred due to failed negotiations conducted by Gosford Council under the administrator in 2016-17 when a previously negotiated price for the sale of the land was rejected.
In July, site owner Mr Arthur Laundy confirmed with the Peninsula News that he was in negotiations with council.

Central Coast Council agenda 8.1, 26 Aug 2019
Media statement, 16 July 2019
Arthur Laundy, Laundy Hotels

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