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Plans advance on new Wollongong social housing

Last published on 27 Jan 2021 in News

A development application has been lodged with Wollongong City Council for a project thatwill transform a vacant iconic site in Wollongong’s CBD, into a vibrant, new housing community.

Artist impression LAHC development at Crown Street Wollongong

The renewal at 15-19 Crown Street, Wollongong, aims to deliver a modern, multi-storey apartment building with 65 units comprising 18 social, nine affordable and 38 private homes located in the CBD, connecting 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 important 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.”

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,” he said.

“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."

Michele Adair, Housing Trust CEO 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 in early 2022.

Construction continues to progress well on an $11 million redevelopment nearby at Robert Street, Corrimal, where LAHC is also working with the same partners to deliver new local housing.

In addition to the two projects above, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation is currently working to deliver around 120 social housing dwellings across the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region, with the potential to create $45 million in construction activity and about 200 jobs.

These housing renewals form part of the NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing; a plan to build more and better social housing that blends-in with local communities.