It's had a big impact on anyone who has grown up in the areaBen Whiting
The site of the former indoor recreation centre, Hit and Dip, will be demolished and redeveloped as office premises.
Earlier this week, Maitland City Council approved the plans to demolish the East Maitland building containing Hit and Dip indoor recreation centre and Chinese restaurant.
The development application will see the construction of two levels of commercial space comprising 3,375m2; 70 new car parking spaces with 32 existing at the front of the site and within the garage of the existing commercial building, 18 bike spaces as well as a new garbage and waste area.
Labor councillor Ben Whiting said it was "sad" to see the demolition of the iconic indoor recreation centre but welcomed the addition of new commercial spaces.
"In terms of the demolition, I think there's no doubt that it is sad to see Hit and Dip go," Cr Whiting said.
"It's had a big impact on anyone who has grown up in the area.
"It is time for it to move for other purposes. It is slightly over height limits but personally I'd always rather see a taller and higher quality development.
"It's always good to see new high quality office space in our city."