City sites set to be demolished 

THE civic eyesores at the site of the proposed University of Newcastle city campus are set to be demolished.

The Newcastle City Council lodged a development application in September and an independent report for tomorrow night’s council meeting recommends that the city brings in the wrecking ball.

Five properties at the corner of Hunter and Auckland streets are flagged for demolition: the Civic Arcade, the former Shortland Electricity Arcade, former Civic Hotel, the commercial premises at 419 Hunter Street, and the Performing Arts Newcastle building.

The report to the council says part of the existing Civic Arcade will be refurbished to provide a ‘‘back of stage’’ area for the Civic Theatre.

It is set to include a staff room, workshop, lobby and storage rooms.

Remediation of the large site will be ‘‘undertaken as part of the future redevelopment’’.

Though the University of Newcastle wants to use the site to cater for about 3000 business and law students, $130million plans for an inner-city campus remain under a cloud.

The university has developed concept plans, which include a 45-metre tower at the site, but has previously said it will not proceed without further funding.

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