The Clothing Store Precinct between Carriageworks and Pines Estate in Newtown may be the first part of North Eveleigh to be redeveloped.
At the end of October, the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE), which owns the site, held a two-evening by-invitation design workshop to “refine previous community feedback”.
The invitation said: “Over the coming months the NSW government will undertake market engagement and look to secure a development partner to redevelop the Clothing Store Sub-Precinct site. Your feedback about the future public and open space and possible community uses at these sessions will inform our market engagement and ensure the successful delivery of the sub-precinct.”
At the workshop TAHE said it would likely retain a long-term interest in some of the site. It also confirmed that the precinct is zoned “mixed use” with a concept plan approved in 2008, and it will use existing planning controls to determine the level of development.
New Redfern station pedestrian crossings
Gibbons Street and Regent Street, Redfern, will get new signalised pedestrian crossings to facilitate pedestrian movement to busses and the Southern Concourse which is currently being built. The crossings will use Marian Street as the connection between Gibbons and Regent streets.
Work on the Gibbons Street crossing will commence in early November and continue into December before a break until mid-January. Work will be undertaken between 8pm and 5am from Sunday to Friday with no work on Saturdays or public holidays. One tree in Gibbons Street will need to be removed.
It was hoped the proposed building above the Eastern Suburbs railway platforms would include a bus interchange but the twin one-way roads make such an interchange difficult, so better pedestrian connections seem to be the compromise solution.
ALP NSW Conference supports public housing
With a state election in March 2023, some inner Sydney ALP branches successfully gained support from the NSW ALP conference to try and change how an incoming ALP NSW government would deal with public housing redevelopment.
The resolution calls for a moratorium on privatisation of public housing, implementing legislation that guarantees the number of public housing units increase both in aggregate but also as a proportion of new housing stock, including in the inner suburbs of Sydney.
The resolution proposes legislation to provide guarantees where the government rebuilds or renovates existing public housing. The guarantees cover relocations, right of return, improved access to services and amenities, quality of construction and how construction companies treat their workforce. You can see the full motion on the REDWatch website.
Geoff Turnbull is a co-spokesperson for REDWatch.