THE PROJECTS

Law courts

** $94 million development approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel despite parking concerns

**Building work to start ‘‘within the next month [to] month and a half’’

Hunter Street mall redevelopment

** GPT / UrbanGrowthNSW development will be predominantly residential, with a small amount of niche retail and commercial

** Project could be used as a pilot for a citywide grouting scheme to tackle mine subsidence issues

** Heritage facades could be incorporated into design

University of Newcastle city campus

** Newcastle City Council is set to demolish the buildings to make way for the campus

** A decision on a crucial $65million federal grant is believed to be imminent

Former Post Office

** Progress has been halted by a native title claim

** Discussions ongoing with University of Newcastle Alumni, while other potential tenants have shown an interest

** Cost analysis undertaken by the university estimated $10million to $15million to refurbish the building

Empire Hotel

** Proposal for a communications centre appears dead

** Site is flagged for the NSW public service, but awaiting a government decision on sending departmental staff and services to Newcastle

CBD planning policy

** Urban renewal State Environmental Planning Policy will not be released until NSW cabinet has made a decision on the heavy rail line

** The policy will designate the city’s east end and old CBD as a residential precinct, and the Civic area as the commercial hub while the west end would have a retail focus

Inner-city rail line

** MP Tim Owen says any decision to cut the line would require a high-frequency alternative transport option into the city

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