The Gazette reports, in a story that I think buried the lede, that Woolworths has struck a deal to buy the old Colless site in the Mall.
Work on the development has apparently ceased while future plans are confirmed. It is believed Woolies want to open a gourmet supermarket under the Thomas Dux Grocer branding, retaining the planned underground car parking but no longer going ahead with the previously approved residential apartments on upper stories.
If the Woolworths plan goes ahead, it appears to be much more in keeping witht he village character – an up market supermarket catering to the Double Bay of the mountains ;-)
In any case, a scaled back development has positives for retaining Leura’s streetscape feel.