An application has been lodged with Macedon Ranges Shire Council for a permit to redevelop the Carlsruhe BP Roadhouse into a freeway service centre.
The plan would see the new service centre face onto the freeway instead of onto Cobb and Co Road.
The developer has worked with Regional Roads Victoria on the plans to have the exit via the Calder Freeway off ramp at Carlsruhe and vehicles to re-enter via the on ramp.
Bentley Property Group spokesperson Andrew Ferguson said the development was ideally positioned between Bendigo and Melbourne and would include a new roundabout on Springvale Road for improved access to the brand new facilities.
“We think it’s going to be a great upgrade to the existing facility and will also create a safe rest stop for travellers along the Calder,” Mr Ferguson said.
“It will include a large roadhouse, truck stop facilities including shower and dining area, undercover diesel canopy, rest area for travellers and drive-through facilities.
“We pride ourselves on landscaping our site to a high level. It needs to be welcoming and present well to customers.”
Mr Ferguson said it was hoped the $10M development would be operational in 2022.
“All going well with council, we would expect that the site would commence trade at the start of 2022,” he said.
The proposal comes following the council’s recent rejection of a freeway service centre application for Farm Zone land at Woodend North. An application is also with the council for a service centre at Edgecombe Road in Kyneton.