A DEVELOPMENT application lodged with Tamworth Regional Council could see the construction of a multi-million dollar medical centre in the city's CBD.
If approved, the $5 million, three-storey centre would be built on a 3609m square block with frontage to Tamworth's Marius St, neighbouring the Eastpoint Shopping Centre.
Named the East Tamworth Medical Centre, the application was lodged by the Formline Group on behalf of the developers, Hampton Property Group.
The Leader can reveal the property group has plans for the facility to house a pharmacy, general practitioners clinic, skin clinic, pathology and medical imaging centres, a cafe and a childcare centre.
There is room for 81 car parks on site including 55 open air parks with room for additional landscaping.
There is also room for two additional tenants on the site.
A statement of environmental effects states the centre could operate in hours consistent with the opening hours of the nearby Eastpoint precinct and fast food franchises.
The property is the brainchild of former Quirindi man Derek Miller, director of Hampton Property Group.
Mr Miller said he believed there was a need for such a facility in the area and the project would be the “best allied healthcare centre in New England apart from the Hospital.”
He said the centre also brought employment opportunities and a one-stop-shop for medical needs.
The East Tamworth Medical Centre is being developed to cater for the increasing healthcare needs of a growing Tamworth population and is expected to be the largest allied healthcare centre in the New England.
“The East Tamworth Medical Centre is being developed to cater for the increasing healthcare needs of a growing Tamworth population and is expected to be the largest allied healthcare centre in the New England,” Mr Miller said.
“Located directly opposite the Eastpoint Woolworths, its modern architecturally designed format provides a single destination for a range of healthcare services in a convenient location with ample on-site parking for both doctors and patients alike.
“Although individual tenants are still being finalised, the project masterplan incorporates GP and skin clinics, pathology, pharmacy and medical imaging, with an additional 500 square metres set aside for as yet unallocated healthcare services for which local demand will determine the end result.
“The centre is also supported by an on-site cafe and childcare centre, and when fully operational, is expected to have more than 80 full-time staff working on-site, many of which will be newly created jobs”
Formline group’s Stephen McDonald has been hired to take care of the build and hopes to break ground in the coming months.
“It’s great for the town and we are looking forward to getting the construction phase started in early 2017,” he told The Leader.