Maitland chamber gets CBD, flood updatesThursday February 21, 2013 - 08:04 EDT
Representatives of Maitland Council will address the local Business Chamber today to ease concerns over the redevelopment of the CBD and flood levee.
Chamber president Steve Thompson says there has been a lot of uncertainty since council voted late last year to approve the project without choosing a specific proposal.
He says business owners want to get a better idea of what is planned for the redevelopment and when funding is likely to come through.
"It's confusion around what the end model looks like," he said.
"The three different models are all dependent upon funding from various state and federal government bodies.
"We're hopeful the council can explain to our members what they actually have approved in terms of the concept, and what the three different models are, and their funding, and how that all works out, and where they're at in terms of requesting that funding."
Mr Thompson says they also want to know what big items council has included in its development plan for the next few years.
"We're hearing rumours that there might be some work going to happen around the swimming pool," he said.
"There's obviously work going on with the roads, on and off the Hunter Expressway.
"There's the two big roundabouts, obviously with a fair bit of interest in what happens with those on the New England Highway.
"There's the new hospital site, there's some low-cost housing along Athol D'Ombrain Drive.
"There's residential approvals in the city now that the embargo around the flood zone has been lifted."
© ABC 2013
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