The Lismore City Council has approved the largest commercial building to be proposed in a decade.
In a unanimous vote, councilors gave the nod this week to a proposal to build a four story commercial building in Molesworth Street, next to the Centrepoint Motel.
As part of the approval, the proponent has agreed to build a 22-space carpark on council-owned land at the corner of Market and Victoria streets.
The carpark was agreed to because the building site is too small to accommodate the number of carparks required.
Another 52 car parks will be provided onsite, along with a café and three levels of offices above the ground level.
Consultant Damian Chapelle told councilors that one tenant had already agreed to rent space in the building, and other ‘A class’ tenants would be sought.
The development is located at 214 Molesworth Street, Lismore and has three street frontages to Molesworth Street to the west, Carrington Street to the east, and New England Lane to the south.
The site has an area of 1,695m2 and dimensions of 84.4 metres x 20.1 metres.
The council heard that a significant feature of the proposed building would be its environmentally sustainable design.
Key environmental strategies included in the building design include a photovoltaic solar system on the roof of the building.
It would also feature water saving devices, energy efficient air conditioning, water tanks to maintain vertical gardens and low energy lighting,