Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Ali­son Bald­ing Will the de­vel­op­ment plans im­prove St Marys? @the­druitt

AN EIGHT-STOREY unit com­plex pro­posed for Car­son Lane at St Marys will be­come the area’s tallest build­ing if ap­proved and is among al­most $100 mil­lion of de­vel­op­ment ear­marked for the CBD.

The $70 mil­lion plan is one of three hous­ing de­vel­op­ments set to in­ject a vi­brant feel and more busi­nesses to the area.

Two other multi-mil­lion­dol­lar de­vel­op­ments will in­volve con­struc­tion of a 49unit block along the Great Western High­way and another in Phillip St.

It fol­lows strate­gic re­zon­ing by Pen­rith Coun­cil.

PLANS for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of St Marys are go­ing sky-high in­ject­ing­close to than $100 mil­lion into the area.

Three de­vel­op­ments are set to cre­ate a more vi­brant feel to the CBD.

A $70 mil­lion pro­posal by Dyl­dam for a 289-unit com­plex in Car­son Lane out­lines con­struc­tion of a set of four unit blocks, each stand­ing at eight storeys high - mak­ing them the tallest in St Marys.

It is the latest pro­posal set to go be­fore the Syd­ney West Joint Re­gional Plan­ning Panel in com­ing months.

Two oth­ers have al­ready been ap­proved by the State body.

An $11 mil­lion, 49-unit com­plex of seven storeys at 337-339 Great Western High­way is pro­posed by De­signCu­bi­cle and a $13 mil­lion, 49unit com­plex of four storeys has been put for­ward by Stim­son & Baker Plan­ning on be­half of Went­worth Com­mu­nity Hous­ing for 11-15 Phillip St.

Dyl­dam de­vel­op­ments di­rec­tor Re­mon Fayad said St Marys’ “growth po­ten­tial” made it a great in­vest­ment.

“With its height, our de­vel­op­ment is the first of its kind in St Marys but it def­i­nitely won’t be the last,” Mr Fayad said.

He said units could be for sale off the plan by Au­gust. De­signCu­bi­cle di­rec­tor Farah Ge­orges said good growth and trans­port added to St Marys’ ap­peal.

Pen­rith Mayor Ross Fowler said the in­vest­ment boom jus­ti­fied the plan­ning work done by the coun­cil.

“The more peo­ple you have, the more eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity you have, and the more eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity you have, the more jobs you have,” Cr Fowler said. A Pen­rith Coun­cil spokesman said the coun­cil zoned the city cen­tre and ad­ja­cent ar­eas to medium- and high­den­sity residential to en­cour­age more in­vest­ment.

“We are see­ing large in­vest­ment in in­ner city apart­ment-style hous­ing,” the spokesman said. “There will now be a bet­ter mix of busi­ness and residential in the town cen­tre mean­ing the place will be more vi­brant, alive and busy for longer and cre­at­ing an evening and night time econ­omy.”

St Marys town cen­tre man­ager Paulette Adams said the new de­vel­op­ment in­ter­est was “fan­tas­tic”.

“Longer trad­ing hours means more job op­por­tu­ni­ties and that’s ob­vi­ously good for the com­mu­nity,” Ms Adams said.

The pro­posed unit blocks at St Marys.

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