It has been nine long years, but finally development has started at the former RAAF base.
Many have said it's been a eyesore in the centre of the city for a long time, but that's all quickly changing, with trees and bunkers coming down to make way for an impressive new development.
It's something many are watching with interest, with residents stopping by on a daily basis to take photos and see where the initial phase of the clean up is up too.
While it's been a slow process up until this point, things look like they will become much faster from now, with the end of the year expected to see residents driving around the new development, plots of land for sale, and the civil works completed.
Development has seen Dubbo spread outwards for a number of years, but this project is a way to get more houses and a retail back into the centre of town.
The site will be zoned for tourism at the front, with an accommodation, food and drink precinct. Light industrial along the railway line and then the residential area towards the back.
Up to 400 house are planned for the residential area, pending block sizing.
A talking point will be the retail area planned for the front section of the development.
Andorra Developments owner Mark Stanford was tight lipped when asked what businesses would be coming to Dubbo, but did say he would let them make their own announcements, which means there must be a few negotiations already in the works behind the scenes.
Taco Bell has been expanding their business lately, with Bathurst and Orange recently welcoming the food chain, while Harris Farm has also been mentioned on the side in recent articles about new businesses in Dubbo. Of course this is speculation, though it will be interesting to see what businesses will go into the newly created space. Our city is progressing, and it's interesting to watch.
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