The history of gentrification in the inner city is repeating itself, argues Ross Smith. The sole variation is its form – employment gentrification.
Tunnel vision: the Sydney Metro ‘consultation’ has been anything but a consultation, argues Darren Jenkins.
Compact apartments with shared living spaces have emerged as the main affordable housing option in the controversial Central to Eveleigh Corridor Project.
EVELEIGH: I’m travelling to 7 Carriageworks Way, City West Housing’s newest affordable housing development. “It’s not on Google Maps yet, ” advises my interviewee. (Shock horror! How do I find it?)
UrbanGrowth, the NSW government’s master developer has identified where 46 public housing residences in South Eveleigh a redevelopment opportunity but what will happen to the people who live there?
Recent conservation maintenance has been undertaken by Urbangrowth NSW in preparation for the adaptive reuse of the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office (SSH, March). Whilst maintaining the building is seen as a positive step towards maintaining its heritage significance, the question still remains regarding what the CME will eventually become.
The state government authority responsible for delivering the BEP2 planning controls for public housing estates in Redfern and Waterloo and for planning on the former Eveleigh Railyards has made yet another transformation. The SMDA, which was formally the RWA, became the UrbanGrowth Development Corporation (UGDC) on January 1. The UGDC retains the SMDA’s Growth Centres powers which allow it to compulsorily acquire land and consolidate it in designated growth centres (currently Redfern-Waterloo and Granville). It will play a broader re-development role alongside a partner agency called UrbanGrowth NSW.
Roadwork on the western entrance to North Eveleigh and Carriageworks will commence immediately and be completed by June 2013 to allow work to commence on the affordable housing development by mid-2013.
Six years after the Redfern-Waterloo Authority gazetted key heritage buildings at Eveleigh, essential conservation maintenance is being planned for the Chief Mechanical Engineers (CME) Building and the Scientific Services Building. The third heritage building in this precinct, the deteriorating Telecommunications Equipment Centre, is not mentioned.