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http://smh.com.au/news/National/Tall-storeys-elevate-crushing-issues/2005/04/19/1113854201983.html

First it happened to Hurstville, then to Parramatta. Now Ashfield town centre is in line to become Sydney's next high-rise CBD, with a $100 million plan to build two 15-storey residential towers, two six- to nine-storey retail towers and a 360-space underground car park.

The proposal - involving a partnership between the council and developers - is the latest in a rash of redevelopments across Sydney that is pushing out low-rise, medium-density town centres.

If the proposal is successful the council would have to increase rates by more than 4 per cent to pay for its $5.6 million part of the deal, which includes refurbishing the town hall, expanding the library and moving to a new administration building.

But Monica Wangmann, an independent councillor, said the 186-unit plan would overcrowd Ashfield, one of Sydney's most densely populated municipalities.

"It's ridiculous that we are locking ourselves in to asking for rate rises without properly consulting the community.

"Perhaps the residents want it, but we haven't asked them."

A spokesman for Ashfield Residents Group, John Adamiec, said the scale of the development was too large for the 2.2-hectare site.

"There's a lot of people that would really like to see the mall fixed up again, but what they are surprised by is what goes with it, two 15-storey towers.

"You have to ask if the infrastructure is there to cope with the development."

Ashfield Council was expected to vote on the partnership at an extraordinary meeting last night.

The mayor, Rae Jones, said it was the best option for the council, residents and the developer, Abacus Property Group. The council would need to upgrade municipal buildings in any case.

"The infrastructure we have now is inadequate and desperately needs replacing," he said. "Most people who use the Ashfield library appear to feel that it's inadequate, it's far too small and desperately needs expanding."

The managing director of Abacus, David Bastian, said the shopping area was underdeveloped. "This is the culmination of years of planning," he said. "There is no question that it's going ahead. It's about how and where the units are going to be situated."
 

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15storeys? why cant they go to 50?
 

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maybe Ashfield should build bldgs like Shanghai's IFC ?

 

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Its not really a popular place for developers but I suppose that could change in time. In the 1980s it was popular with commercial office buildings but in the end it had shitty transport links and too much conjestion around Liverpool Road. But it may change, but more likely in favour of residential towers like those proposed aboved. The same could be said for nearby Burwood.
 

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Stanmore Station is directly under the flight path. Not Lewisham or Asfield.

Chatswood is not under the flight path either but i see planes buzzing above it.
 

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The D/A will go back to council next Tuesday.

Also Abacus has a stand alone proposal for it's land if it gets rejected. It calls for a three tower proposal with one tower being 17 storeys tall.

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Its not really a popular place for developers but I suppose that could change in time. In the 1980s it was popular with commercial office buildings but in the end it had shitty transport links and too much conjestion around Liverpool Road. But it may change, but more likely in favour of residential towers like those proposed aboved. The same could be said for nearby Burwood.
PT isn't too bad. There are plenty of buses that run along Liverpool Rd (Hume highway) and it is well served by trains. The station was also done some years back. I can say that there has been a fair bit of highrise development along the railway line in recent years. There are two ten storey residential towers that back onto the rail line and there are several six storey residential towers scattered across the suburb.
 

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there are also a few 6-8 floor ones there already
asfield has already so much trouble with cars and roads and traffic
 

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Transportation these days is a lot better. I whiz thru Ashfield and in the mornings the train station is incredibly full. Probably almost as chaotic as Strathfield. Liverpool Road is horrendous, but I'm hoping the M5 has taken much traffic away from Liverpool road. However it is still a hell hole to pass tru during peak conjestion. Ashfield has come a long way in the past decade and it would be great to see a 17 level tower on its horizon. Keep us posted in you hear anything further Fabian.
 

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Chatswood is not under the flight path either but i see planes buzzing above it.
Probably induced from the smaller aircrafts and those planes using the 3rd runway. I see planes going over Cronulla too, but are probably clearing for the arrivals to use the same runway they took off... :dunno:
 

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Council pulled out of the joint venture just hours before the D/A was to be discussed on Tuesday after receiving legal advice not to go ahead with the development!!!! Lawyers said that the council would of been bounded to accept aspects of the development.

It looks like Abacus will go it alone now.
 
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