Plans to replace old Council depot with affordable housing units

January 8, 2018 by  

The relocation of the City of Sydney’s Marian Street Works Depot to Alexandria in the near future will make way for more affordable housing within the Redfern area.

The soon-to-be-vacant land at 11 Gibbons Street has been approved for sale by the Council to St George Community Housing (SGCH) for the construction of up to 150 affordable and social housing units, aimed to support homelessness and at-risk people.

The need for affordable housing is at a crisis point, according to Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who said:

“With rising rental costs and slow wage growth, there are greater numbers of people at risk of becoming homeless.

“Through affordable housing places in the development, essential city workers such as police, teachers and cleaners will be able to afford to live close to where they work.”

The development is to be subsidised by up to $13.15m and the land sold at a price below market value.

CEO of SGCH Group Scott Landford said the Gibbons Street development would add to the housing option mix currently available in the area.

The company, whose logo design is well known in the area of affordable housing, has put forward an initial proposal to operate and construct at least 130 affordable housing and social units on the site.

The future of the project, however, hinges on SGCH returning the signed contract of sale together with the associated deed by February 28, 2018.