Developers called to reinvent historic site
Expressions of Interest are being called for developers to re-imagine a parcel of Tasmania’s legacy that pre-dates historic Port Arthur.
Set across 2900sqm comprising buildings and gardens, the publicly-owned Willow Court compound is already on Tasmania’s foodie trail through the national accolades won by hospitality tenant, The Agrarian Kitchen.
Derwent Valley Council hopes the site – at New Norfolk, 20-minute drive from Hobart’s CBD – will attract interest from developers interested in rejuvenating and activating the site while still retaining its historical values.
Willow Court is the historic centrepiece of the Royal Derwent Hospital (decommissioned in 2000). It was Australia’s longest-operating mental health facility.
LJ Hooker Commercial Hobart is handling the Expression of Interest campaign, which will consider part or full purchase proposals of the site, along with long-term leasehold options. LJ Hooker Commercial Hobart Managing Director Mark Devine is handling the campaign, closing April 20.
Opening less than a year ago, The Agrarian Kitchen has been on the radar of foodies locally and on the mainland since being awarded 2 Hats by the national Good Food Guide. Its ethos of celebrating locally sourced produce is a theme which the Council is eager to pursue, said Mr Devine.
“The Agrarian Kitchen has done a tremendous job in showcasing the quality produce of the Derwent Valley,” said Mr Devine. “Its success has convinced Council to pursue complementary uses for the site, with particular interests in artisan retail, community and tourism amenities.
“Willow Court was closed in 2000, so while significant refurbishment is needed, the stately facades and internal character will appeal to developers who can recognise a unique opportunity in an emerging tourist market.
Willow Court has the fundamentals to join Port Arthur, Constitution Dock, MONA and other sites on the growing list of internationally recognised tourism hubs in Tasmania.”
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