Colliers International’s Peter Macadam said interest was “broad” before Hunter-raised Daniel O’Leary was given the first lease of Maitland’s new Riverlink building.
Colliers International marketed “the centrepiece of The Levee precinct” on behalf of Maitland City Council.
“The Riverlink building is interacting with the best natural landscape they’ve got, which is the river,” Mr Macadam said.
“We took it to the market with the intent to provide Maitland with an offering that isn’t there already and that’s certainly the intentions of the operator.
The building itself has such a presence on the river bank. It’s so beautifully finished.Daniel O'Leary
“It’s a great story for Maitland to have an offering there that they don’t have to drive to Newcastle or Pokolbin for.
“It’s been an exciting project for us in terms of helping grow the region as that’s our goal, to sell the region.”
Mr O’Leary said he was “in it for the long haul” after entering into a five-year lease with a five-year option.
He plans to open COQUUN, “a refined cafe, small bar, deli and bistro flavoured very distinctly by the native food bowl”, next month.
Mr O’Leary said COQUUN “was one of the first names for the Hunter River”.
“The building itself has such a presence on the river bank. It’s so beautifully finished,” Mr O’Leary said.
Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker described finding a tenant for The Riverlink Building as “the final, vital piece in The Levee Development project” and said COQUUN would “enhance the dining and night time economy options”.