Plans have been revealed to to convert Newcastle’s former Post Office building into a hub for performances, exhibitions, independent films and community events.
The Arts Health Institute and Newcastle firm, EJE Architecture have developed plans for the heritage listed sandstone building which include a cafe/restaurant and a Melbourne style laneway.
The Hunter Street landmark has fallen into disrepair since a Sydney developer purchased the building from the former Howard government in 2002 for almost $1.9 million dollars. However, the developer failed to proceed with any plans for the Post Office and it was purchased by the former NSW government in May 2010 for $4.25 million.
Newcastle Lord Mayor, Jeff McCloy has previously suggested the building be used to house an annex of the city’s art gallery.
However, nothing can proceed at the site until an Aboriginal land claim due to be heard in early March is finalised.