THE developer of a Murwillumbah property on Church Lane wants to ensure the 23-unit development has all the charm of the historic neighbourhood.
Developer Campbell Leonard said the site had a lot of history he wanted to keep.
"We have tried to build around the old building as much as possible," he said.
"People will be sitting at the Austral Cafe looking down Church Lane at the old courthouse and police station and we want to maintain that streetscape."
The site was once home to the Daily News and the original printing floors were still intact.
"We want to utilise the old printing rooms with their solid cement floors as the basement car park," he said.
"These days it has to be as sustainable as possible."
Mr Leonard said one of the highlights of the building was the presence of an inverted reticulated fire fighting system from 1943.
"It really gives us a good vibe but it's easy to fall into the trap of trying to capture what's there," Mr Leonard said.
"We're not trying to pretend with this that it's an old development."
LFT Pty Ltd lodged the application for the $3.65 million development in 13-19 Church Lane earlier this month.
The application includes the demolition of a building on the site.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland said he couldn't comment on the application before the council but did say that medium density development in Murwillumbah's CBD was welcome.
"The application before council will be assessed on its merits," Cr Longland said.
Mr Leonard said the development was a bit of an unknown quantity with few medium density properties in the town.
"I believe accommodation in town centres is desirable," he said.
"It's an untested market."