Unit block to rise high in new de­vel­op­ment

SUB­URB TO GET FIRST 10-STOREY BUILD­ING

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

THE first 10-storey high-rise build­ing in Mt Druitt is set to change the area’s skyline.

The pro­posal for Mt Druitt Cen­tral, a de­vel­op­ment that will spread across three tow­ers, was given the go-ahead by Black­town Coun­cil last week.

The site will in­clude a mix of 15 com­mer­cial shops and 268 residential units, mostly two-bed­room floor­plans.

Ausunion Prop­erty In­vest­ment Group de­vel­op­ment man­ager Jerry Wang said he saw po­ten­tial in Mt Druitt and wanted to cre­ate some­thing new.

“It is a very metropoli­tan com­mu­nity, with lo­cal schools, a West­field shop­ping cen­tre, train sta­tions, a hos­pi­tal and TAFE is not far from there,” Mr Wang said.

The cor­ner block of land at 1 Zoe Pl, Mt Druitt, spans 6525sq m and fronts Zoe Pl and Mount St.

Planet X is cur­rently on the site but the build­ing will be de­mol­ished. Con­struc­tion is due to start next year and is ex­pected to take three years.

Ac­cord­ing to the REA Group, the prop­erty sold for $6.3 mil­lion in Septem­ber.

The pro­ject will cost about $120 mil­lion. Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said the de­vel­op­ment was go­ing to dra­mat­i­cally al­ter the look and ap­peal of the Mt Druitt area.

“There will be a mas­sive change in the streetscape,” Cr Bali said, adding that the tim­ing was ideal.

“Real es­tate prices are boom­ing, so it makes it af­ford­able, and hav­ing peo­ple in the CBD of Mt Druitt is good be­cause it will re­vi­talise the area.

“This will test the lo­cal mar­ket as far as de­mand goes but be­ing a mod­ern fa- cil­ity in a prime lo­ca­tion, I think it will fit fairly nicely.” With­out mar­ket­ing, 50 of the units have al­ready sold.

The next re­lease is ex­pected to go on sale in the next month and prices start from about $550,000.

Brooks Projects Ar­chi­tects prin­ci­pal Peter Brooks said the com­pany was ex­cited to be in­volved in the pi­o­neer­ing pro­ject.

“Mt Druitt is a good area for ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion, to cre­ate these sorts of de­vel­op­ments that bring peo­ple into the cen­tre of town,” he said.

Mr Brooks said he drew a mod­ern and ef­fi­cient de­sign for the build­ings, to suit the grow­ing sub­urb.

“It is very dif­fi­cult be­cause we are do­ing some­thing out there that has not been done be­fore,” Mr Brooks said.

“We are look­ing at some­thing af­ford­able so the mar­ket of units is rea­son­ably ef­fi­cient in the way they use their area but they have a good out­look, ter­races and have all got en­suites.”

The units will also have stylish kitchens and bath­rooms, bal­conies and ac­cess to com­mu­nal open spa­ces in each north-fac­ing build­ing.

“That was im­por­tant in the de­sign,” Mr Brooks said.

The first 10-storey high-rise build­ing will be built in Mt Druitt and will in­clude 268 residential units.

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