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And Belysa yesterday first from the east and then from the west, apologies I had no time to get shots from the south side... but yeah, it's an apartment building:


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PS that's Altitude in the background on the first pic. And I do like the appearance of Belysa better than Altitude, I really don't think the black paint on the west side
is such a good idea in our climate
 

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I thought we had a general Western Sydney thread? I couldn't find one so I'll post this in here. I just saw on the evening news a major announcement was made today for Mount Druitt:

Billion-dollar revamp on the way for Mt Druitt CBD
12 May 2020

The NSW Government has today announced the approval of a $1.49 billion revamp of the Mt Druitt CBD, which will create 15,000 jobs and breathe new life into Western Sydney.



[bThe green light for the rezoning proposal paves the way for more than 2800 new homes to be built in the precinct, as well as new cafés, restaurants, retail outlets and commercial space in taller buildings.[/b]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Mt Druitt CBD rezoning was one of the first projects to have its assessment fast-tracked as part the Planning System Acceleration Program that is keeping people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This project has been three years in the making and marks the beginning of an exciting new future for Western Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“More than 2900 construction jobs will be created to build this vibrant new hub, as well as thousands more permanent jobs as the new CBD comes to life.”

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the Mt Druitt CBD rezoning is the sixth project to be determined through the government’s new fast-tracked assessment program.

“In the past two weeks alone, the Planning System Acceleration Program has injected $1.87 billion in to the state’s economy and created opportunities for more than 16,000 jobs,” Mr Stokes said.

“Today’s approval is another exciting step forward for Western Sydney and means development applications for the Mt Druitt CBD can be lodged immediately.”

The NSW Government has worked closely with Blacktown City Council to amend its Local Environmental Plan, which rezones 24 hectares of land to facilitate more mixed-use commercial and residential development.
 

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wow massive.how tall do the towers go 15storeys? so good for blacktown
 

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Some suburbs around the Marsden Park area have been divided up into new suburbs.


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Drive-through supermarket collections a blueprint for post-pandemic retail
Schofield's drive-through supermarket

Why drive-through grocery collection might be coming to a shopping centre near you

A render of the new Schofields Village shopping centre.

Drive-through supermarket collections a blueprint for post-pandemic retail

An under-construction shopping centre in Sydney’s Schofields that will feature drive-through grocery collection shows how the retail sector is adapting to a ‘click and collect’ world post-COVID-19, according to a leading expert on consumer behaviour. The Coles-owned Schofields Village shopping centre, which will open in the second half of 2021, will have the supermarket giant’s first click-and-collect drive-through – with dedicated lanes where groceries are packed into customers’ cars on arrival, while they stay in the vehicle.

Coles NSW development manager Howard Hathorn has described the development as a “one-stop-shop” for local residents.
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The shopping centre is currently under construction. Photo: Supplied

Queensland University of Technology marketing and consumer behaviour Professor Gary Mortimer said if suburban malls like that in Schofields could orient themselves to be click-and-collect hubs, they would likely find success in the post-COVID world.

He thought we would see many more smaller-format marketplaces, with a supermarket and only 15 to 20 retail offers.
“I think we’ll see a growth of that smaller format,” he said. “One, because they are cheaper to build and there’s less restrictions on car parks and those sorts of things often underpinned by transport like buses.
“[Secondly], having those smaller satellite centres really allows retailers to grow their online offer by having that click-and-collect ability.”

Suburban malls would increasingly house stores with goods that people would be unable to wait 24 to 48 hours for home delivery – such as groceries and office supplies.
Professor Mortimer cited the conversion of Target Country stores into Kmart K Hubs as an example of the trend.

“The new Kmart K Hub is taking goods from [a] central location such as a distribution centre and taking it to a hub, so the hub can be quite small,” he said. “Thinking of the efficiencies, even today it’s still cheaper and quicker for Kmart and stores like it to deliver to one location, be it a small store, rather than delivering single parcels to residential addresses.”

Despite an increase in the number of online grocery orders during the pandemic, the majority of grocery-related spending was still conducted in-store, Professor Mortimer said.
“Ninety-four cents in every dollar is still spent in a physical supermarket so supermarkets will still be around,” he said.
As a result, he anticipated that suburban malls were likely to do well out of the structural changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We term it the shrinking giant – we’re seeing traditionally big commercial real estate look to shrink that footprint,” he said. “They understand consumers are time-poor, they don’t want to battle a big shopping centre. So the suburban shopping malls seem to be quite popular.”
Other than designing stores to accommodate click-and-collect operations, Professor Mortimer said suburban shopping centres would have a tenant mix that focused on the services industry, rather than traditional retail. “Increasingly it will be food takeaway, hairdressers, beauticians [and] childcare facilities bolted onto these commercial real estate areas – cafes and those types of things. Food beverage and services tend to be now dominating those types of suburban centres. They provide that convenience of grabbing a coffee,”
As well as a Coles and Liquorland there will be 15 other retailers, including cafes, dining outlets, retail services, a childcare centre and a medical centre at the Schofields Village shopping centre.
 

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Charlie Teo’s Bid for Billion-Dollar Brain Institute
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Australia’s most prominent neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo is planning to build a $1 billion brain and spinal research institute, bigger than Blacktown Hospital. But the future of the project could be in the hands of the people of Blacktown.

The private hospital is earmarked for a Blacktown City Council-owned site on 62 Flushcome Rd in the city centre, which would include the resumption of part of the adjacent Kmart car park, and the demolition of existing buildings including the council administration centre, and the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. The council has put the sale and concept plan out for consultation with the submissions closing 24 February.

The council claims it will be a “transformational project” for the region enticing “hundreds of long-term, highly skilled jobs” and people visiting the area for treatment. Lord mayor Tony Bleasdale said the project had been unanimously supported in council chambers. “Both sides of the chambers are in full support of what Charlie Teo is trying to establish … and we are so proud to be part of that,” Bleasdale said. Plans for the Blacktown Brain and Spinal Institute include a university-partnered medical research institute, a private hospital, a medi-hotel and retail space across 150,000 square metres.

The Blacktown Brain and Spinal Institute will be built in the city centre as a world-class private hospital, research centre and medi-hotel. Source: Blacktown City Council

▲ The Blacktown Brain and Spinal Institute will be built in the city centre. Image: Blacktown City Centre

“It will also help to attract quality hotel accommodation to support international medi-tourism, and private hospital services which are not available in our City,” a Blacktown City Council document reads.
“All of this activity will attract patients and businesses to Blacktown City. This will provide new services to the community and new business capacity for existing businesses in the city.” Dr Teo said he wanted to create a “pleasant” environment for patients receiving treatment.

“I want to create a centre of health that doesn’t feel like a hospital … where patients can come and they know they’re going to get the best treatment in the world,” Teo said. The council has already approved the sale of the land but is inviting public feedback on the sale and concept for land usage. The construction is anticipated to cost about $800 million and money from the purchase of the land will help the council to develop new administration buildings. The resumption of car parking is under the proviso of those public car parking spaces being returned in any subsequent development. There are also provisions being made for developing a new arts hub to replace the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.
 

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Mt Druitt
Concept approval for a staged mixed use shop top housing development consisting of 5 tower forms each 20 storeys high containing a total of 950 apartments.
The maximum building height proposed at its greatest is 66.53m, which is 2.53m over the permitted height limit of 64m.
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Mt Druitt development: Vegas Hotel, North Pde plans revealed
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Plans for a development which would change the face of Mt Druitt have been revealed.
The proposal includes five huge towers, cafes, shops, a hotel and much more.

Plans for a defining development set to change the face of Mt Druitt have been revealed as the suburb prepares for a surge in high rise.
The rundown Vegas Hotel site on North Parade is poised for a $308.5 million dollar makeover if the plans lodged with Blacktown Council are approved.

As part of the vision to transform the site, which is predominantly a carpark, five 20-storey towers with close to 1000 apartments would be built.


The towers would be the tallest buildings in the Mt Druitt CBD, which is expected to undergo a drastic revitalisation in coming years after significant zoning changes.

Last May, the State Government accelerated the approval of $1.5b in zoning changes as part of a plan from Blacktown Council to create more mixed-use residential and commercial development in the heart of the western Sydney suburb.

The new zoning rules, which enable high density housing and increased building heights, are anticipated to bring 2,800 new homes in the precinct, as well as new cafes, restaurants, retail outlets and commercial space in taller buildings.

Artist’s impressions of the development have been revealed, giving residents a glimpse of the ambitious project,
which will be eight storeys higher than Mt Druitt’s tallest building, Mt Druitt Central in Zoe Pl, which remains under construction.

The five towers will include 950 residential apartments with rooftop and communal outdoor areas,
18 ground floor retail/restaurant spaces, a revamped Vegas Hotel and basement parking.

If approved, the development would be built over two stages, with the ground floor of two towers to incorporate the new Las Vegas Hotel
with a restaurant, bar/lounge and gaming area.

To have your say on the North Parade plans, visit the website here. The plans will be determined by the Sydney Planning Panel.





 

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DA lodged for 17-21 First Avenue Blacktown (Good Luck Plaza )

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• Demolition of existing structures;
• Construction of a 24 storey mixed use development including;
o Supermarket (Woolworths Metro), restaurant and associated facilities;
o 261 x student accommodation rooms;
o 202 x hotel rooms;
o 50 x residential apartments;
• Construction of 4 levels of basement parking for 172 parking spaces

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel 4 star
Height - 84.8m

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Four Points By Sheraton hotel Blacktown: Plans for First Ave
May 27
Plans for a multimillion-dollar four-star hotel in the heart of the Blacktown CBD are progressing, more than two years after they were first revealed.

The $93 million development is set to transform the current Asian supermarket Good Luck Plaza on First Ave into a modern,
24-storey tower with a mixture of hotel and student accommodation.

Plans for the groundbreaking development were first revealed in early 2019, with global hotel chain Marriott last year announcing its plans to expand beyond the Sydney CBD for the first time with a Four Points by Sheraton in Blacktown.

The hotel, set to open by 2024, would be Blacktown’s first four-star accommodation

A Woolworths Metro supermarket would operate on the street-level of the development, along with restaurant and function facilities.

If approved, the development would stand as one of the CBD’s tallest buildings, matching the 24-storey Altitude apartment tower.
 
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