Demolition and a clean-up of the former Hastings Timber and Hardware and Warragul Marine site in Warragul was in full swing last week.
BFN Developments acquired the property at the corner of Howitt and Burke Sts on the town’s southern approach last year and has plans for a six-showroom restricted retail development.
A planning application was lodged with Baw Baw Shire late last year but principal Brett Neilson said last week he was still waiting for council approval.
He said he hoped that would happen in the next five to six weeks.
Work was planned to start on the $4.85 million project once approved by council, Mr Neilson said.
It will be the second major commercial project by BFN Developments in Warragul in recent years after $18-million Newmason complex, including a hotel, in the town’s central business area.
The company also built the 120-bed Abbey Gardens Aged Care facility in Warragul for Alliance Care Services that opened this year.
The planning application for the Burke-Howitt St site states the complex, with showrooms of 702 to 994 square metres and including delivery bays, offices, amenities and parking spaces for 138 cars.