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Kogarah update - went for a walkabout around the suburb this afternoon.

Scaffolding has come down on the Veridian (R.S.L) development, revealing the facade along Railway Parade. It looks great.



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Veridian early this morning. It's turned out rather well, good finishes. Now, if only they can start redeveloping the majority of Railway Parade to the north...



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I imagine Mr Toskas (or whomever) is waiting for someone to make them a nice offer - if it hasn’t already happened.

And Bayside (or whatever they’re called) Council, start working with the relevant electricity providers and do something with those appalling telegraph pol
 

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^^ According to this Domain article from 2016, the garage wasn't happy with the developer's offer.

Mechanic owners refuse to budge as developer makes plans around them in Kogarah

Sue Williams
Jul 5, 2016

The latest Sydneysiders to hold out against developers, following the example of plucky grandmother Ruth refusing to sell her home for a record $26 million to make way for apartments, have declared they’re not willing to move on either.

This time, they’re a family behind a small motor mechanics business that’s been going for nearly 30 years in what some are seeing as a trend to stand one’s ground against the construction of high rise.

Diane Toskas, her husband Tim and their son Jim have refused to budge from their workshop in Kogarah on a site earmarked for 12-storey towers, after rejecting a “ridiculous” compensation offer from developer Bluestone Capital Ventures.

And now, just like in the movie favourite The Castle, the tale of a blue-collar Aussie family’s battle against the world of big business, they’ve declared, “Tell ’em to get stuffed!

Their stand follows that of 82-year-old grandmother Ruth who turned down a $26 million offer from a developer to give up her home of the past 55 years in Castle Hill to make way for high-rise development.

News of her decision sent ripples throughout Sydney, with messages of congratulations and support being posted from throughout Australia. “It was rather nice,” says Ruth, who doesn’t want her surname used. “But I know a few said I was a silly woman not to sell or I should sell and give the money to charity.”

It’s thought Ruth’s refusal, however, could end up encouraging others to turn down developers’ offers too.

Certainly, in Kogarah, the Toskas’ knock-back now means the developer is being forced to start constructing its $83 million 12-storey building, with a new RSL club, training facilities and two towers containing 220 apartments, around Toskas Automotive’s prime corner position at the former Kogarah RSL site in Railway Parade.

Their little single-storey brick workshop appears blanked out in the foreground of the glamorous computer-generated images that have been advertised to help sell the units off the plan in the yet-to-be-built blocks, called Veridian Kogarah.

“But we don’t care,” says Diane Toskas, 60, who does all the paperwork for the company, where Tim, 64, and Jim, 33, do the mechanical work. “We were made a silly offer to move but it was so small, it was worth less than the business and the cost of relocation.

“So we’re happy for them having to go around us. You never know, there could be a lot of new clients for us moving into those apartments!”

Bluestone managing director Ben Fairfax says it’s a shame the parties couldn’t come to an agreement and adds that his door is still open. “We offered them over and above the independent valuation but there comes a point where someone’s expectations may not be realistic,” he says.

“What they say is the right money isn’t realistic for the value of their site. But we would love to be able to continue to work with them to explore an amicable number.”

The saga began in 2013 when the Kogarah RSL club made a deal with the developer, who is also the joint-venture partner in a project with the Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club to create the masterplanned Woolooware Bay Town Centre with a new club, retail centre and 625 apartments worth $752 million.

A series of negotiations then took place among the Toskas family, Bluestone, the RSL club and the council in order to consolidate the mechanics’ 500-square-metre premises into the 4450sqm of the rest of the site, on land owned by the RSL club.

The Toskas’ lawyer, Jack Jacovou, says the family were offered a lump sum of about $2 million plus a one-bedroom apartment in the new development Bluestone valued at about $660,000. “But that’s a ridiculous amount when you consider how much it would cost them to relocate,” Jacovou says.

“They’re right in the CBD yet single-storey red-brick houses much further away on the Princes Highway have been offered more. In addition, they wouldn’t get the apartment until it’s built and were told they’d be liable for future contingency expenses for the first $250,000 if they started digging and found any contamination on the site.

“They could go broke in the meantime before they were paid. And what happens if the developer goes broke or changes halfway through or the bank steps in? It’s ridiculous being offered a sum without security, and something we don’t consider a decent offer.”

The site is just 400 metres to Carlton Station and a short way further to Kogarah Station, with the development being given the final go-ahead by the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel. Designed by Scott Carver architects, it will have a mix of studios and one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with landscaping on the podium and rooftops.

On the launch of the first 150 apartments – priced from $435,000 for the studios and from $880,000 for the three-bedroom units – 147 were bought in a day, worth more than $104 million. The remaining apartments were released quietly, and 200 of the total 220 have been sold so far.

Fairfax says the total sum offered was closer to $3.4 million and, if the Toskas family end up changing their mind, the design has been drawn up to accommodate a sympathetic addition later. “I’d still welcome the opportunity to communicate with them,” he says.

“But what sometimes happens with small landowners is that their expectations aren’t realistic. And if the situation remains the same, at the end of the day, they’ll have a wonderful development around them with a good context to work in.”
https://www.domain.com.au/news/mechanic-owners-refuse-to-budge-as-developer-makes-plans-around-them-in-kogorah-20160710-gpz41i/
 

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My gut reaction was $2m and an off-the-plan apartment felt a bit low, but the risk of contamination in the soil is a huge liability - remediation wouldn't be cheap. Either way, the site is worth less now as a cut-out than it would have been as part of the larger lot. And of course, the market has turned.
 

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^^ Yes, their offer seemed rather paltry. I wonder what they were asking? (most likely over $5m and a larger apartment or two, imo). It will be interesting to see what eventually becomes of the site, especially now that it's severely restricted in terms of height.
 

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A 6 to 8-storey (40 units) development is proposed for 468-474 Princes Hwy, Blakehurst:


High-rise plan for Kogarah Bay foreshore site

March 29 2019
Jim Gainsford

A six to eight-storey high-rise with 40 apartments could be built at 468-474 Princes Highway, Blakehurst next to Kogarah Bay at the approaches to Tom Uglys Bridge, under a development application to go before the Local Planning Panel next week.

The $16.3 million development would adjoin Tom Uglys Point Reserve to the south and Dover Park to the north and comprises three separate allotments making up a 2300 square-metre site.


Situated on the eastern side of Princes Highway, the proposal would be six-storeys at the front of the site and eight-storeys on the waterfront side.

The proposal includes a communal rooftop area and basement parking for 72 cars. It would replace an older style residential flat building with 13 apartments.

The site is zoned R3 Medium Density Residential under the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012.

Given the prominent foreshore location of the site the council conducted an extensive notification of neighbours. It received one submission saying the development failed to comply with the height limit for the site.

The proposal exceeds the overall height of 21m by a maximum of 3.5m - a 17 per cent variation, created by the lift overrun at both ends.

"The council has been consistent in the application of the height control through the Local Government Area and in particular areas that have recently been upzoned," the council's report states.

"Variations have only been permitted in relation to lift access to the roof where areas of common open space are located.

"This site is unique however."

Parts of the building encroach on the 12m Foreshore Building Line at the rear. Given the narrowness of the land and that most of it complies with the FBL, the variation is considered reasonable, according to the council's report.

A key feature and public benefit of the proposal is the provision of a staircase along the northern side of the building and a two-metre wide public walkway at the rear of the site adjacent to Kogarah Bay.

It has been referred to the Local Planning Panel as the proposal exceeds the development standards by more than 10 per cent.

The proposal was amended in response to concerns raised by Georges River Council. The original proposal for was a five to seven-storey building with 56 apartments and basement parking for 102 cars.

The council's report says the proposal is not considered to have an adverse impact on the waterway or the Georges River Catchment.

The proposal goes to the Georges River Local Planning Panel next Thursday, April 4.






Existing structure:

https://www.theleader.com.au/story/5981584/high-rise-plan-for-kogarah-bay-foreshore-site/?cs=1507
 

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Update on the 80-84 Regent Street, Kogarah proposal:

Transformation of Kogarah North Precinct continues with latest high-rise application

2 April 2019
Jim Gainsford

The latest high-rise proposal for the rapidly transforming Regent Street, Kogarah precinct will see the demolition of three houses to be replaced by an 11-storey, 61-unit building.

The application for 80-84 Regent Street will be considered by the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel this Thursday with a council recommendation for approval.

The $17.7 million proposal amalgamates three allotments at 80 to 84 Regent Street to make a 1358 square-metre site.

The site is located on the northern side of Regent Street and within the Kogarah North Precinct which has been recently upzoned High Density Residential land uses.

The Kogarah North Precinct will undergo "significant urban renewal" with buildings up to 33-metres in height, according to the council's report.

Adjoining the site to the west is an approved 11-storey development with 104 units.

To the north across Stanley Lane is an approved 10-storey development with 87 units.

Another site at 12-24 Stanley Street containing four single-storey dwellings and three two-storey dwellings is also subject to a development application seeking consent for an 11-storey building with 116 units and which is currently under council assessment.

An existing 10-storey building on Princes Highway, adjoining the site has 84 units.

The 80-84 Regent Street proposal seeks a height variation from the 33-metre controls in the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012 of 13 per cent or 4.3-metres to accommodate a lift over-run and a 228 square-metre communal rooftop terrace.

"The proposal is not considered to have any adverse impacts on the natural and built environment," according to the council report accompanying the DA.

"It has been considered in context with the future surrounding development as part of the Kogarah North Precinct Urban Design Strategy adopted by Georges River Council.

"Additionally, the proposal is considered to contribute to the social and economic dimensions sought to be achieved within the precinct."



The proposed development site at 80-84 Regent Street, Kogarah.


A 3-D perspective showing approved and future development of the block bound by Stanley Street, Regent Street and Regent Lane, Kogarah. (PBD Architects).


An artist impression of the Kogarah North Precinct wih Georges River Girls High School on the right.
https://www.theleader.com.au/story/5987403/transformation-of-kogarah-north-precinct-continues-with-latest-high-rise-application/?cs=1507#slide=3
 

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Long overdue:

$15.5 million facelift proposed for Novotel Brighton Beach

April 2 2019
Jim Gainsford

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach is planning a $15.5 million upgrade and expansion including construction of a new five-storey accommodation wing with an additional 45 new hotel rooms, and new conference rooms and upgrade of the retail level and hotel facade.

The details are contained in a development application lodged with Bayside Council.

The 15-storey, 296-room hotel on The Grand Parade, Princess Street and Bay Street, Brighton-Le-Sands will provide a much-needed revitalisation to the hotel, according to the DA's accompanying Statement of Environmental Effects.

The 45 new rooms would be located in a new five-storey addition to be located at the north-western corner of the side fronting Princess Street.

The proposed development involves internal development works including refurbishment of the retail levels and additional meeting rooms.

The area formerly used as the nightclub on the second floor will become a new ballroom and function room to be associated with the hotel.

The hotel atrium will be enlarged by 17sqm and will include alterations to the hotel reception area.

There will be new escalators and ballroom , enlargement of the existing swimming pool, improvements to the deck area, and additional gym facilities.

The large terrace facing Botany Bay will include a new "eternity" pool fronting The Grand Parade.

The proposed ballroom on level-two will also have two small outdoor terraces facing The Grand Parade.

External works will upgrade the facade of the existing building to provide a more contemporary presentation to Bay Street and the Grand Parade.

The DA does not seek to introduce any use which is not already approved on the site.

"The proposed works will provided a much needed revitalisation of the hotel, function areas and retail space," according to the Statement of Environmental Effects.

"In particular, the ground level retail layout as it currently exists lacks function and aesthetic appeal and as a result does not encourage levels of activity typically associated with a large scale hotel in a high amenity waterfront environment."

A diagram showing the proposed five-storey extension of the Novotel Brighton fronting Princess Street.
https://www.theleader.com.au/story/5986128/155-million-facelift-proposed-for-novotel-brighton-beach/?cs=1507&utm_source=website&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=sidebar
 

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It looks likes they are building the new rooms where the current tennis courts are.
Hopefully they refurb the existing rooms - they are very very run down and old decor.
 

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New details revealed on the stage one F6 extension:

Updated F6 plans include extended cycle-walk path and traffic changes for Moorefield Estate

April 17 2019
Murray Trembath

An extended cycle-walk path, together with traffic changes for the Moorefield Estate, are provided in updated plans for Stage One of the F6 extension.

The Department of Planning and Environment is inviting community input on the amendments made by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

The Preferred Infrastructure Report responds to feedback on the 2018 Environmental Impact Statement.

The proposed cycle-walk path from Kyeemagh to President Avenue will be extended a further 600 metres through Scarborough Park North to Chuter Avenue / O'Connell Street, south of Robinson Street, at Monterey.

The extension was requested by cycle groups, Bayside Council and in individual community submissions.

The extension will be constructed as a three metre wide boardwalk, or other low impact design, to minimise potential flooding impacts and will generally follow existing informal walking / access tracks within Scarborough Park.

It will cross the watercourse in Scarborough Park via a steel bridge structure.

There will be an upgraded pedestrian refuge at the connection point with the existing on road cycle network at Chuter Avenue / O'Connell Street, south of Robinson Street.

The concept design is subject to refinements during detailed design.

The section of the shared cycle and pedestrian path, which links the pathway to the west towards Annette Avenue, will be retained.

RMS expects construction of the southern extension of the shared path to take about six months to complete

The report said there had been extensive consultation with residents of Moorefield Estate and the local area on traffic arrangements around President Avenue, where the tunnel entry and exit will be located.

As a result, changes were proposed to minimise impacts.

"With regard to concerns raised by the community about future increased traffic along Civic Avenue and Marshall Street, as drivers seek to take alternative routes, the project is making improvements to the operation of President Avenue with clearways considered during peak times to maintain traffic flow on this major route," the report said.

"Some traffic would continue to use Civic Avenue and Marshall Street as a thoroughfare to Rocky Point Road, as currently occurs, however RMS, in conjunction with Bayside Council, are proposing additional traffic calming measures along Marshall Street and Civic Avenue to reduce the attractiveness of this route to non-local traffic."

Other proposed changes include:

  • Lachal Avenue will be converted from one-way northbound to one-way southbound (inbound movements from President Avenue only). A right turn bay and traffic signals will be provided for the right turn into Lachal Avenue from President Avenue. There will be a pedestrian crossing across Lachal Avenue
  • Traynor Avenue will be converted from one-way southbound to one-way northbound. Only left turn movements out of President Avenue will be permitted.
  • The proposed cul-de-sac at Moorefield Avenue will not proceed. Following a review of demand, it was determined Moorefield Avenue could remain open in its existing arrangement as a left in, left out intersection.
  • An additional 60 metre southbound left turn bay at the existing signalised intersection at West Botany Street and President Avenue will be provided.
  • A signalised intersection will be provided to allow for safer right turn movements from Civic Avenue into President Avenue. Available traffic movements will remain the same as the existing network configuration, with no right turns permitted from President Avenue into Civic Avenue. The President Avenue/Civic Avenue and the President Avenue/West Botany Street intersections will operate under one signal controller. There will be a pedestrian crossing across Civic Avenue.
The Department of Planning has extended the public exhibition for the F6 extension for a week until Wednesday, May 8.

The Department of Planning and Environment is inviting community input on updated plans for Stage One of the F6 Extension.

Amendments made by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) include:

  • Changes to the operational access and exit arrangements to and from President Avenue at Princes Highway, Lachal Avenue, Traynor Avenue, West Botany Street, Civic Avenue, and Cross Street, Kogarah and O'Connell Street, Monterey; and
  • Extension of the proposed shared cycle and pedestrian pathway from President Avenue through Scarborough Park North to Chuter Avenue/O'Connell Street, south of Robinson Street, at Monterey.
The project involves four-kilometre continuous twin tunnels (north and south) to connect the new M5 at Arncliffe to President Avenue at Kogarah.

The updated plans, known as the Preferred Infrastructure Report, follow the 2018 exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement.

RMS made amendments to the proposal based on feedback from the local community during that exhibition.

"Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the Department of Planning and Environment is encouraging feedback on the Preferred Infrastructure Report during the public exhibition period which starts today, (April 17) until May 1," a spokesman said.

Artist's impression of the tunnel portal at President Avenue.


Artist's impression of the tunnel portal at President Avenue.


The shared cycle and walking path will be extended through Scarborough Park North.


The route of the extended shared cycle and walking path.


The route of the extended shared cycle and walking path.
https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6075296/updated-extended-cycle-path-in-revised-f6-plans/?cs=1507
 

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An 11-storey proposal (by Tony Owen Partners)has been lodged for 15-23 Chapel St, Rockdale:

184-unit proposal for Chapel Street, Rockdale

Jim Gainsford
April 23 2019

A row of properties in Chapel Street, Rockdale will be demolished to make way for an 11-storey building with 184 apartments, under a $14.4 million development application submitted to Bayside Council.

The 2,142 square-metre site is located on the edge of the Rockdale Town Centre, 300-metres from Rockdale Railway Station

If approved, it will be built next to a new public space called Chapel Square which is currently being developed along the Chapel Street Precinct.


The proposed development site is made up of properties from 15 to 23 Chapel Street and includes a two-storey block of flats, a 1970s four-storey block of flats, and several single-storey dwellings.

The proposed building would be 40-metres high. There will be four levels of basement parking for 155 cars.

The building would have an undulating facade to maximise the number of north-facing apartments and enhance their solar access.

"The proposal corresponds to the town centre context which is characterised by high density residential flat builds and mixed use buildings," according to the Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE).

"The proposal consolidates 12 properties to "enable their orderly and economic redevelopment in accordance with the Rockdale Town Centre Masterplan."

"We understand the council is generally supportive of the proposal.

"Our assessment concludes that the proposed development is consistent with the desired future form and character of the site."

The SEE concludes the proposal is of an appropriate scale and mass, will have no unacceptable amenity impacts, is in the public interest and is worthy of approval.

"The benefits provided by the proposed development outweigh any potential impacts and is considred to be in the public interest," the SEE said.
https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6085852/184-unit-proposal-for-chapel-street-rockdale/?cs=1507
 

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Rockdale and Arncliffe early this morning. A snippet of the developments under construction along the Princes Highway.

'Luminary Apartments' (7 storeys):



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Luminary Apartments, 533–535 Princes Highway, Rockdale, Sydney by cnd

'View Rockdale':



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View Rockdale, 395-397 Princes Highway, Rockdale, Sydney by cnd



View Rockdale, 395-397 Princes Highway, Rockdale, Sydney by cnd

The Orchid, 213 Princes Highway, Arncliffe (12 storeys, 318 Apartments / 36 commercial/retail suites):



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Finally, the 'Anew Rockdale' development (433-439 Princes Highway) looks to be now under construction and hoardings surround the site. I couldn't stop to take a photo.
 

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Future Brighton-le-Sands masterplan to investigate highrise along foreshore

May 15 2019
Jim Gainsford



Grand plan: The Grand Parade at Brighton-le-Sands will be included in a new masterplan being drafted by Bayside Council which favours a high-density spine along the thoroughfare and also along Bay Street.

Bayside Council has chosen its preferred option for the future Brighton-le-Sands Masterplan which could see high-rise of at least ten-storeys along The Grand Parade.

The aim of the masterplan is to consider a range of issues to guide the future planning and design of the area.

A council working party set up to oversee the masterplan has identified a ten-storey built form along The Grand Parade as being the minimum building height to be economically viable.

In 2017, Bayside Council undertook a review of the the Brighton-le-Sands centre.

The review found that while the centre is a weekly shopping destination for residents and includes entertainment and eateries, there was a low vacancy rate for commercial and retail shopfronts and that additional retail space may be needed.

A study of similar beachside centres found a number of principles which could be applied to enhance Brighton-le-Sands.

This included an increased pedestrian-friendly environment with wider footpaths, more seating and informal areas, reduced traffic flow and noise pollution, increased public transport options and more short-term and free parking.

Last February, the council adopted the Brighton-le-Sands parking strategy and resolved to prioritise the preparation of the Brighton-le-Sands Masterplan.

The council formed a working party made up of councillors and council staff and engaged GM Urban Design and Architecture (GMU) to prepare a masterplan.

The Masterplan study are was bordered by the Grand Parade on the east, Bruce Street to the north, President Avenue to the south and Crawford Road to the west.

GMU came back to the council's working party with two options for the masterplan.

Option 1 proposed a high-density spine along Bay Street and The Grand Parade.

Option 2 proposed a high-density spine along Bay Street and The Grand Parade and a green reserve to the west.

The working party chose Option 1 as the preferred masterplan option and identified the area for stage one of the masterplan which will be considered as part of the Bayside Local Strategic Planning Statement.

This includes a high-density spine along Bay Street and The Grand Parade with lower height and density in other areas.

There would be mixed used development with active frontages along Bay Street and The Grand Parade within 400-metres of the core area.

And there would be retention of the existing three-storey walk-up precinct, mainly to the south of Bay Street.

Future investigations will consider amending the Stage 1 boundary of the masterplan area to include part of Crawford Road, Kurnell Street and England Street.

While the working party report found that a ten-story built form along The Grand Parade has been identified as being the minimum building height to be economically viable, it also said further investigations will be needed on overshadowing impacts on buildings and open space, specifically the foreshore.'

The draft masterplan is expected to be public exhibition in July.
https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6124647/future-brighton-le-sands-masterplan-to-investigate-highrise-along-foreshore/?cs=1507
 

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A new 7-storey, 50 unit proposal for Rockdale:

$12 million project to transform Rockdale industrial laneway

May 21 2019
Jim Gainsford

A laneway in an industrial area of Rockdale and next to the Illawarra rail-line is set to become the site of a multi-million residential development.

The $12.9 million, seven-storey, 50-unit development has been approved by the Bayside Local Planning Panel to be built at 1-2 Waines Crescent, Rockdale.


The 1165 squre-metre site is located in a laneway nestled behind the main street street of the Princes Highway and next to the railway corridor and is approximatley 30-metres north of Rockdale train station.

The development will also have two ground floor commercial tenancies and three levels of basement parking with 64 car spaces, and a rooftop communal open space and landscaping.

The site is surrounded by a mix of industrial, residential and commercial development.

The area is planned for a major urban renewal keeping with the objectives of the Rockdale Town Centre Precinct.

On the eastern side of Waines Crescent is a two-storey commercial warehouse which has been been proposed to be developed into a hotel.

The site forms part of a larger complex of old industrial buildings, some of which lie on railway land adjoining the western boundary of the site.

While the B4 Mixed Use zoning allows for 22-metres the proposed maximum height is 25.55m.

The variation would be to accommodate the lift over-run and pergolas for the communal rooftop space.

The Statement of Environment Effects said the design of the building provides a detailed and intricate facade which provides a high level of detail and overall visual appeal.

"The proposed built form has been modelled to ensure that the proposal provides a positive contribution to the skyline of Rockdale Town Centre," the SEE stated.

The Local Planning Panel unanimously approved the development application, noting its "high quality design in a very constrained site".

An architectural drawing of the 50-apartment complex planned for Waines Crescent, Rockdale.
https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6145309/12-million-project-to-transform-rockdale-industrial-laneway/
 
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