Age care approval for Kogarah

KOGARAH Council has approved an application for residential care accommodation for seniors to be built next to Kogarah Town Centre.
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Urban renewal: the development at 3 Railway parade will beautify the entry into Kogarah’s business district

The building, with 98 rooms and seven self-contained units, is part of a seven-storey mixed development also containing two levels of commercial/retail space and a basement car park.

The development site is an irregular shaped block wedged between Kogarah Town Centre, Railway Parade and the railway.

and now comprises several commercial premises, including a service station and mechanical repairs shop.

Kogarah councillor Nick Katris, an architect, said seniors accommodation was ideal for Kogarah business district as it would have minimal affect on traffic and parking and the seniors would have access to all the health services nearby.

He said the council had encouraged the development of the site as part of its urban renewal.

‘‘The building itself is of an attractive design and diverse presentation and it will be an attractive entry into Kogarah’s business district,’’ Cr Katris said.

He said the site had attracted a number of proposals during the past seven or eight years but this was the first time it was assessed as a seniors development.

The development comes under State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) principles regarding housing for seniors or people with a disability.

Only those who meet certain criteria can occupy this type of accommodation: seniors or people who have a disability; people who live within the same household with seniors or people with a disability or staff employed to assist in the administration of and provision of services.

At least 10percent of the dwellings in the proposed development will be affordable places under SEPP guidelines.

A minimum of 50 off-street car parking spaces will be built.

The applicant, Galanos Bros Pty Ltd, could not be contacted.

NEW LANDSCAPE

Although technically in the Rockdale Council area, the redevelopment of the old Mecca Theatre site in Station Street (diagonally opposite 3 Railway Lands) will also alter the Kogarah landscape.

The $21 million redevelopment was approved by the NSW government Joint Regional Planning Panel on July 12.

It will contain five retail tenancies, 92 residential units and car parking.

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