It might not look much now but the construction site on the south western side of Ingleburn Road and Macquarie Road in Ingleburn, is a site to behold for local residents.
A major development of the site, formally the home of Ingleburn Fair, has long been talked about but has only recently been subject to major construction works.
Once finished, the complex – to be renamed Ingleburn Village – will include a Coles supermarket, a large pharmacy, cafes, food and beverage outlets, and specialty and discount variety stores.
Long time Ingleburn resident and Campbelltown councillor Bob Thompson has been pushing for the new centre to be built for the last few years.
In August 2015, owner Jonathan Dan blamed delays on issues with the adjacant council-owned car park.
Cr Thompson said he hadn’t been the only frustrated with the time taken for construction to start.
“I have pushed for this to happen for so long it’s not funny,” he said.
“I couldn’t go to the RSL, the shops or even get a hair cut without someone having a shot at me about (the centre). It’s been pathetic – absolutely pathetic.”
Cr Thompson said would provide a welcomed the boost it would give the local economy.
“(Ingleburn residents) have been going to Glenquarie, Minto Marketplace or Campbelltown,” he said.
“I really look forward to the centre opening because at the moment that money is being spent outside the town.
“It will also mean employment opportunities come back here because it will create jobs.
“(Ingleburn Village) will be a blessing for the town once it’s finished and it’s going to put us back on the map.”
Ingleburn Chamber of Commerce president Jim Jelich said the organisation’s members were briefed by Mr Dan recently and told the “delays were in the past”.
“We are anticipating the grand opening will be in October,” he said.
Mr Jelich said the he was looking forward to the centre revitalising the area.
“All in all it will be worth the wait,” he said.