Buyers snap up Pied Piper site
A PRIME development site in Ballina has been sold to a group of local buyers.
The former Ampol ‘Pied Piper’ service station site, on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Bangalow Road, has been sold after tenders for the sale closed in November last year.
It is not known how much the 4000sqm block of land sold for.
One of the buyers, who does not yet wish to be named, yesterday confirmed the site had been bought by a group of local people.
“We haven’t got anything planned for the land at this stage,” he said.
“It hasn’t been settled for very long.
“The marketing campaign was quite short, so we bought the site without having a plan.
“That’s what we’re working on at the moment.
“We’re exploring a few different avenues.”
The block of land is next to Ballina Central shopping centre and across the road from Ballina Fair.
According to the Stonebridge Property Group, which marketed the site, preferred uses for the land include a supermarket or discount department stores and speciality shops or leisure-related commercial developments.
The Pied Piper service station closed in July 2006, at the same time that Woolworths Petrol opened in Ballina Central.
It had been open since 1968.
Following the demolition of the building, the site was decommissioned and decontaminated.
The environmental work started at the site started in May 2008 and was completed recently.