IT has lain derelict for more than a decade and the only activity the deserted site on the corner of Wood and Wallace Sts has seen is the occasional rock thrown through its windows or paint sprayed over its walls.
But that may end soon.
The dishevelled site is on one of the main routes leading into the Rose City and residents and business owners have long called for its redevelopment.
Developer Tony Prentice says he had been working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for some time to get the site operating as a bottle shop.
"We have been in negotiations since last October and we believe we are very close to an agreement," he said.
Mr Prentice would not elaborate on what issues were being discussed, but said he was confident a progress update could be provided as early as next week.
A TMR spokeswoman confirmed the property was subject to a development approval granted to Mr Prentice by the council.
"We're currently in negotiations with Mr Prentice's representatives regarding conditions attached to the
development approval, which would require works to be done in the state-controlled road
corridor," she said.
"However, at this point in time we have no actual applications for roadworks associated with the proposed development at this location."