We're a step closer to seeing something happen with Newcastle Station.
It's been sitting vacant since trains stopped running into the CBD in December 2014.
However the state government has now lodged a D-A with Newcastle City Council to restore the historic building so it can be re-opened to the public, hopefully in time for the Supercars in November.
“The proposal covers a range of restoration works to enhance the station, return some of its amazing heritage features and preserve its character now and into the future," Revitalising Newcastle program director Michael Cassel said.
“The works include heritage repair, reinstating original building features and opening up ground floor areas, as well as re-opening the station to Scott Street, as it was in the past."
“We will also be filling in the area between the platforms to create a large, usable outdoor public space, carrying out rust protection, bird-proofing as well as cleaning and fixing damaged renders, doors and windows.”
The long-term use of the site remains unclear.
The Property Council's Andrew Fletcher wants it to become an "urban icon" that becomes Newcastle's "Sydney Opera House, or Guggenheim, or MONA."