$15m plan for new doctor's surgeries

By BELINDA SCOTT

A $15 MILLION redevelopment at the corner of Coffs Harbour's Earl Street and Harbour Drive will see the city gain a major new medical centre.

The project, being undertaken by three Coffs Coast investors, will involve the refurbishment of an existing building formerly used as a supermarket and more recently by The Warehouse discount chain.

It will also involve construction of an extension of the building along the boundary adjoining the Community Village.

The plan includes a medical centre with space for up to 23 general practitioners, a pharmacy, diagnostic services like pathology, radiology, optometry; specialists' rooms and a coffee shop.

Coffs Coast businessmen Rodger Pryce, Doug Gam and Lance Cousins have joined forces for the project, which has already gained development approval from Coffs Harbour City Council.

Mr Pryce said the 5000 square metre site at 195 Harbour Drive was the third largest single landholding in Coffs Harbour's central business district, behind the Palms Centre and the Coffs Ex-Services Club.

He said there would be 2650 square metres of lettable area and while it was 'not all in the bag yet and it would take a lot more work to pull it all together', they had held some discussions with local GPs, medical service providers and companies interested in being represented.

Nursing his second broken leg in 12 months, Mr Pryce said the CBD site, with ample parking, bus stops and easy walking distance to other services, was an ideal one.

Mr Gam, who joked he was thinking of his age, said he had seen the site's potential for a medical centre more than eight years ago.



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