AN INTEGRAL section of Toowoomba's proposed Railway Parklands is a step closer to construction, with the council submitting a development application for works on the historic Toowoomba goods shed.
The application is seeking development approval to demolish an awning on the western side of the heritage-listed building, and to establish rights for the use of the site for community, recreation and retail purposes.
The demolition of the awning, which was constructed in 1970, will allow people and vehicles to drive around the building.
The original goods shed was constructed in the 1860s, south of the location of the current shed.
In 1884, plans were drawn up for the construction of the existing building.
In 1908, the office wing was attached to the south end of the goods shed, and in 1912 the main body of the structure was extended to the north.
In 1916, the second storey was added to the office wing.
The building has now been vacant for over a decade.
According to the council's development application, the goods shed and its surrounding grounds will be converted into a multi-purpose community hub.
"The Toowoomba goods shed project is part of a broader revitalisation of the former Toowoomba railyards into a central parkland area that will be a regionally significant area of communal open space, supported by commercial, retail and residential uses within the parklands and surround area," the council said in its application.
While a development application is not required for works inside the goods shed, the council intends to refurbish the heritage-listed structure for the use of markets, cafes and a function facility.
The council is proposing a permanent car parking area on the western side of the building, able to accommodate 46 spaces.
A temporary car park to the north of the building will cater for 22 parking spaces.
Landscaping to stabilise the area along the edge of Gowrie Creek, as well as to the east and south of the building is planned in the application.
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