Community hub idea for vacant Mayfield shops

AN abandoned Mayfield shopping centre may find new life as a community hub.

The project, called The Hub, is in its preliminary stages and its committee members are keen for input on the activities and services that are desired for the space.

The centre has been vacant for at least 15 months and has since descended into a derelict condition and a safety hazard.

The Hub committee members Russell Mackenzie and Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten yesterday wished to assure the Northern suburbs community that plans were afoot to make the shopping centre a community asset once more.

Mr Mackenzie said the committee wished to create community initiatives that did not exist in the area.

"There are a lot of people that want to see something happen here," he said.

"The Northern suburbs are crying out for people to care for them."

The committee is working with the building's Victorian owners on a lease arrangement.

When that is finalised, builders will be recruited to give the centre a makeover.

People can post their vision for the centre on The Hub's Facebook page or talk to committee members at a community barbecue there in February.

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