A development application has been lodged with Wollongong City Council for a project that will transform a vacant iconic site in Wollongong’s CBD, into a vibrant new housing community.
The renewal at 15-19 Crown Street aims to deliver a modern, multi-storey apartment building with 65 units comprising 18 social, nine affordable and 38 private homes that will connect residents to vital community services.
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is working with development partner, Traders In Purple while community housing provider, Housing Trust, has been appointed to manage the new social and affordable housing properties, once completed.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the $22 million project will support people in need and also create an estimated 110 jobs during construction; boosting the local economy through spending on related trades and businesses.
"This striking new apartment building is intended to complement other modern CBD buildings nearby and will help meet high local demand for social housing and child care," Minister Pavey said.
"The building's future operational costs will also be reduced through smart design which will help cut average living costs for residents.
"All of the social housing in this project is designed to achieve a minimum seven star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme rating." she said.
Traders In Purple, Director, Charles Daoud, said his group is excited to be partnering with LAHC and the Housing Trust again on another great redevelopment in Wollongong.
"We have put a lot of thought into the design to provide for the delivery of a sustainable, energy efficient building.
"It is a fantastic part of Wollongong, close to City Beach, WIN Entertainment Centre, restaurant precincts and the CBD.
"We are looking forward to residents enjoying their new homes and sharing our pride in the project upon completion.
"We are also committed to employing a local workforce including subcontractors and materials suppliers," Daoud said.
Housing Trust CEO Michele Adair said the impressive site will allow people to work and live affordably in the heart of the city.
Ms Adair said developments in inner-city locations provided strong social benefits for tenants and added to the vibrancy and character of our cities.
"Affordable housing developments should be located in every part of our region; not just on the outer fringes," she said.
Subject to planning approvals, construction is expected to commence early next year.
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