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SSC Newspaper : March 2014
MARCH 2014 NEWS 4 Strathfield Scene Charles Casusc elli RFD MP Member for Strathfield Authorised by Charles Casuscelli RFD MP. This advertisement was produced using parliamentary entitlements. ADVERTISEMENT Come and Meet I look forward to meeting you at one of the following local places: 1. Saturday 8th March at Burwood Plaza, Railway Parade, Burwood between 10am and 12pm 2. Saturday 15th March at Croydon Park IGA, 242 Georges River Road, Croydon Park between 10am and 12pm If you aren’t able to make it on the day, please feel free to visit me at my Office: 54 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134 (02) 9747 1711 (02) 9747 6054 email@example.com charlescasuscelli.com.au facebook.com/CharlesCasuscelliMP We’re going to own this land forever so it is important to me that it needs to be aesthetically appealing. — Sam Kennard, Kennards Self Storage YOUTH Awards open The nominations are now open for Strathfield Council and Strathfield Rotar y’s Youth Achievement Awards - a recognition of some of the area’s most talented students. The awards cover six categories which include arts, community service, environment, business and team and individual sports. For more information, visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. UNICEF Toys raise smiles Strathfield resident and Rhodes IKEA employee, Ginetta Tati, 39, was chosen as one of eight workers to become a UNICEF ambassador. She travelled to Cambodia to hand out toys to the children in the preschools and said: “Their faces and smiles lit up the whole world.” MEN’S SHED OPEN DAY Gold for guys Residents can enjoy a free barbecue and view work at the inaugural Strathfield Men’s Shed open day on Saturday, March 22, from 10am to 4pm, at 28 Pomeroy Street in Homebush. The group is asking for a gold coin donation on the day. In brief 21 storeys or storage, says Sam SELLING FAST: UNITS WITH NO DA FROM PAGE 1 Sam Kennard at the Kennards head office in Columbia Lane. By Bernadette Chua Sam Kennard flips through the architectural plans of his vision for Columbia Lane in Homebush, part of one of the biggest developments in the Inner West Parramatta Road corridor. It involves two other developers. His own portion involves one 21-storey tower, another at 17 storeys and a community courtyard. The managing director of Kennards Self Storage, famed for the company ’s orange warehouses, has received approval from the State Government for the overall scheme. Now, he is working on a presentation to Strathfield Council. He knows his towers are higher than the ceiling of 12 storeys set out in the Strathfield Council Local Environmental Report. He is hoping to convince the council that, because the building only overlooks railway lines and yards, it should be made a special case. But he is under no illusions, and tells the Scene that for him, the choice is easy – he is either given permission for a 21-storey apartment block or he turns the site over to more self-storage space. He says he wants quality development, but he is not willing to compromise the height on the apartment blocks on his parcel. “My family has owned the land since 1996 and we have no intention of selling or moving anywhere. On the site, we want to expand the front storage block. And the plan is to turn the rear of the land into the residential area,” he said. “For us, we want quality development for the residents of Strathfield. I don’t see the point of building short squat buildings which then take up space for community amenity. I want a tall elegant tower. “ We’re going to own this land forever so it is important to me that it needs to be aesthetically appealing.” Residents and the council are concerned about the impact a building of that height will have. But Mr Kennard maintains he has taken this into account. “ We have examined the impact the height will have on the surrounding neighbourhood. Because the site is surrounded by utility land, we have closely examined the shadowing affect and found it will not impact the current residents,” he said. “There are cities around the world that have apartment buildings which are 40 to 60 storeys high and this is the way of the future.” He is particularly keen on the connectivity of the land with Strathfield. “Communities can be connected with one another without the hassle of driving,” he said. “This is the perfect site for this kind of development because it doesn’t impact on the existing residents, it is surrounded by three railway stations, Strathfield gets to maintain its character of big homes and wide leafy streets and we get to provide housing for new residents.” Mr Kennard is yet to lodge a development application with Strathfield Council to commence construction. A State Government part 3A approval was previously granted for a larger development at the block, but Council has not received any individual DA requests for the site. Council has opposed some of the developers’ suggested designs in the past. NSW Fair Trading told the Scene while it is “ lawful” for consumers to buy off-the-plan units without DA approval, it warns buyers to be careful. “ This type of sale is lawful but consumers need to be careful,’’ a spokesman told the Scene. Grand Central development will comprise two buildings, a 7-storey and 13-storey. Only apartments in the 7-storey block are currently on sale. Sunnyland, the exclusive real estate agent for the project, said almost 80 per cent of the 250 apartments have been sold and deposits taken on exchange of contract. The company said many residential projects launch off- the-plan sales even if the DA for the development has not been approved. “ We know that the developer JQZ has been talking with Strathfield Council for a long time and details of the DA are still being finalised. We will definitely refund all deposits if the project does not proceed,’’ a company executive who declined to be named said. He added the majority of sales have been to locals living in the Inner West. Only a small proportion have been sold to overseas investors. A two-bedroom apartment plus study is being marketed between $615,000 and $690,000 while a three bedroom apartment plus study has been priced between $720,000 and $760,000. “ We expect to launch the sale of apartments on the higher floors in about a month’s time,’’ a sales agent told the Scene. JQZ, previously known as the Tong Group, paid $30m for the site on Parramatta Road. “There is no problem selling apartments off-the-plan even before we’ve got a DA from Council. But we have been talking to Council for more than a year and they are aware of the development,’’ Mr Hung said. “ We have started constructing a display unit at the 3000 sqm park site which Council said we have to include in our development,’’ he added.