A heritage listed building at Granville TAFE is back on the market for the second time in 12 months.
This week marks one year since the state government closed the sale tender for the TAFE building that fronts South Street, which was opened in 1913 by then Premier Charles Wade.
At the time, a spokesman for Skills Minister John Barilaro said the sale would reduce Granville TAFE’s operating costs by $420,000 each year and that proceeds would be reinvested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses at Granville.
A TAFE NSW spokeswoman said the site was sold a year ago but couldn’t disclose the owner or price.
“The divestment of the South Street annex has had no impact on staff or students at Granville - it was vacant and had not be used to train students since the 1990s,” she said. “Every dollar has been reinvested into modernising and improving TAFE NSW facilities and learning platforms for the benefit of students.”
There are renewed calls for the vacant site to be used for community purposes or leased out to a community organisation after it recently went back out to tender.
Colliers International recently held an expressions of interest for the sale of the 4222 square metre site, described as a unique offering situation in the heart of the Granville retail precinct with zonings which allow for a variety of uses with redevelopment potential.
“The owners had a lot work on and decided to sell,” agent John McCann told the Sun.
“It has attracted some interest. We’re currently dealing with a few parties and expect an exchange prior to Christmas. Some parties are keen to be owner occupiers.”
Granville MP Julia Finn has written to Property NSW, the government agency tasked with the original sale of the site to request an update.
"Last year, a leaked cabinet document also showed the government was planning to strip a further $63 million from TAFE buildings and land through a fire sale of 27 sites,” she said. “A sign at Granville TAFE's heritage-listed site indicated ‘For Sale by Tender’ and called it a 'Premier Mixed-Use Development Site with significant value-add potential. TAFE as we know it is being completely destroyed by the Berejiklian government and does nothing to equip our local workforce with the skills required for the jobs of today and those of the future.”
The TAFE spokeswoman said there are no plans to sell further buildings at the Granville campus.
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