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Seems that Sydney Tower Redevelopment and Carlton Breweries site doomed by SCC once again

Towering ambition lopped
By Darren Goodsir, Urban Affairs Editor
March 22, 2005

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A proposal to build two giant residential skyscrapers next to Centrepoint Tower in Sydney's CBD is almost certain to be scrapped after the property giant Westfield decided to abandon a lawsuit over the future of one of the world's most lucrative shopping strips.

Lawyers for Westfield ended a year-long legal action against the City of Sydney Council in the Land and Environment Court last week, but they are poised to put forward even more elaborate plans.

The case was initiated, controversially, on the day before last March's council election, in which Clover Moore and a team of independents were elected to office in a landslide victory.

It is the second CBD development to be scuttled recently. Last Thursday, Australand walked away from a $203 million deal to buy the former Carlton & United Brewery site on Broadway and redevelop it into a village for 8000 residents.

Rather than aborting the Centrepoint upgrade, Westfield is believed to be taking time to finesse a master plan that will focus not only on the tower but also incorporate the company's latest acquisitions, Skygarden and the Imperial Arcade.

AdvertisementThose designs will showcase an integrated retail and commercial supercentre, connecting Westfield's three arcades on the eastern side of the mall with Sydney Central Plaza, now home to Myer, in a development that will dwarf the firm's Bondi Junction property.

The residential towers will not feature in the new designs, in an apparent recognition of the vociferous community and business opposition in the past 18 months. Even if they are retained, sources suggest they will be greatly scaled back.

A spokesman for Westfield, Matthew Abbott, said the firm had discontinued its appeal against the deemed refusal of council to approve the plans within the 40-day statutory limit.

"The appeal related to old plans for Centrepoint, and over the past year the appeal had been extended three times," he said. "In that time, Westfield has expanded the Centrepoint site, with the acquisition of Skygarden and Imperial Arcade. Westfield hopes to present a new scheme to council in the coming months."

After Westfield lodged its original plans, a city lobby group representing concerned local businesses was formed, the main member being David Jones, which was concerned about the effect on its revenue.

Opposition has intensified in the past six months, since Westfield gained control of the neighbouring arcades. First, the Australian Retailers Association tried to block the $241 million purchases, petitioning the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it would concentrate too much power in the CBD retail market.

Despite statistics showing that Westfield would gain a dominant position in the city, potentially affecting rents, the commission rejected the appeal and allowed the purchases to proceed. Westfield is also fighting a rival, Glasshouse, for the right to build a 250-metre goods tunnel between King Street and Market Street that would make Pitt Street Mall a true pedestrian thoroughfare.

That disagreement is now in the Land and Environment Court, with Westfield trying to compel the owners of Glasshouse to extend the existing tunnel and comply with 20-year-old consent conditions.
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Westfield have been drawing up new plans for a landmark tower NEXT to Centrepoint complex instead of the silly twin towers atop for 4 months now. They realized the twin towers were never going to work.Hopefully soon the 150m+ tower for imperial arcade will come in.
as for the CUB site. :bash:
This is what I wanted. I didn't want one of Sydney most notable landmarks to be descreated by these towers. Anyway the tower proposed for the Imperial Arcade next door is better.
its good that midcity & imperial will be fixed up, sad that they could not make a pedestrian only road, could make the street scape look more interesting, i agree with fabian, and anyway one good tower is better then two crappy ones!
This is all so crazy.
This one really isn't the fault of SCC, unlike CUB. There was a huge amount of community disquiet over this development from the start - it was never going to be built.
yeah this is quite an old story. And like all good stories, it has a happy ending.. the 150m+ tower should be nice-quoted as 'landmark status'. It was a good outcome. Although i don't want Centrepoint to be changed, i would like to see taller buildings directly around it and 150m isn't too bad.
Fabian said:
one of Sydney most notable landmarks
You call that outdated eyesore a notable landmark?
well when its 50m taller then every thing else ...yes ;)
Vitriol said:
You call that outdated eyesore a notable landmark?
Outdated???? You gotta be kidding. It's design is timeless.
Yes its outdated. Definetely outdated. Cannot emphasise that word enough. Gold basket is so out of fashion
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