IT HAS been a huge eyesore in Central Wagga for many years, but plans to transform the old Eric Weissel Oval could be imminent.
The land between Kincaid and Gurwood streets has stayed vacant for five years, and future development at the site has been shrouded in mystery until now.
Wagga councillors supported Gurwood Pty Ltd's concept application on Monday night, which proposed a housing precinct made up of 160 dwellings ranging from apartments to detached and terraced houses.
Raine and Horne selling agent Grant Harris said the site's plan is a relatively new concept for the city, with the developer drawing on influences from metropolitan centres.
He said The Leagues Precinct's vision involves a lot of green space and encourages active travel, as well as diverse housing options.
"It is a new concept with nearly every block having rear access garages to maximise the site, so residents will have nice streetscapes, which is very popular ... and we wanted to embrace that," he said.
With the city preparing for a population boom, Mr Harris said the demand for housing will grow. But he said it was important the city had options that accommodate the diverse population it is set to attract.
"We wanted to offer a variety of sizes, shapes and styles [of properties] ... to accommodate the young professionals, for families and retirees."
Mr Harris said there was already activity on the site and the developers hope this will continue as quickly as possible.
Before the city's councillors unanimously endorsed the concept application for 231 Gurwood Street, Councillor Vanessa Keenan said it was great to see infill development increasing within Central Wagga.
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The site was sold in 2005 after the former Magpies Football Club folded the previous year.
It became the home for Saint Mary MacKillop College until five years ago when the site was cleared of all existing structures such as the clubhouse and grandstand.
The demolition works were in anticipation of this upcoming development, but the site stayed fenced off to the neighbourhood, who are waiting for movement on the empty parcel of land.
Cr Keenan said it will be great to see more detail as project progresses.
The Daily Advertiser understands a development application for the project will be lodged within weeks.
The concept approval at the latest council meeting intends to streamline the development application by reducing any issues that might arise beforehand. Once the application is lodged, the councillors will decide the project's fate.