Squatter site demolition on

Story appeared in: Review | August 7th, 2017

THE former home of the Auburn Oriole's Baseball Club (pictured) is set to be demolished after a report to Cumberland Council estimated that it would cost about $6.5 million to return the building to a reasonable standard.
However the cost of demolition won't be cheap either, with a quote received in March suggesting the 1954 built building complex would cost $1.6 million to demolish, including ground rectification to a depth of one metre.
The report recommended that remediation remain at no deeper than one metre due to building footings and piles sitting on the old refuse site which pre-dates the baseball stadium.
Associated with baseball over many decades, the site in Tavistock Street was the home of the Auburn Oriole's Baseball Club from the 1960s until the club left the area in the late 1990s. The building was subsequently leased to Australian Agribusiness the Manildra Group from 2005 to 2014, after which it remained vacant before falling into "signifiant disrepair" and becoming a frequent target for vandals and squatters.
The future of the site once the demolition is complete, is yet to be determined but it has the potential to become a mix of both operational and recreational use in line with classification and zoning.

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Publication: Review | Section: News | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 130016 | Viewcount: 21271