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4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Street's future unclear SHIREEN KHALIL Cecily St residents are demanding to know what the Housing Department has planned for their street. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~P0636623 A HOUSING Department proposal to redevelop homes in a quiet Belfield street has left residents distressed and angry. Residents in three Cecily St homes, which falls in the Strathfield local government area, have received a letter from Hous- ing NSW stating that tests will be carried out around their homes to assess whether redevelopment should take place. Vicky Lenehan, who lives on Cecily St, fears that Housing NSW's intention of redeveloping the houses into flats and units will create a domino effect. ''I had a neighbourhood meeting with over 30 people and all of us had the same opinion -- once Housing start to do it they will just move on and take over the entire street,'' Mrs Lenehan said. Mrs Lenehan said that Housing NSW had failed to inform the street what was going on. ''It's not fair to send a letter of that content to three tenants -- they have to be up-front with owners and residents about what they're thinking of doing,'' she said. At last Tuesday night's Strathfield Council meeting, inde- pendent councillor Danny Lim's motion for Housing NSW to cease its investigation into redeveloping the Cecily St homes was supported by the majority of the councillors. ''The people of Cecily St -- where the original Belfield Housing Proj- ect was opened in 1948 -- are justifiably irate by the revelation of secret plans from Housing NSW to convert their peaceful sub- urban street into yet another part of Sydney's ever-growing urban concrete jungle,'' Cr Lim said. Resident of 15 years Deborah Theodoridis lives next door to the three homes that may be redeveloped, and said if the pro- posal went ahead she would sell her home. ''We just renovated two years ago and spent $170,000 . . . if this goes ahead I will put my house on the market,'' Mrs Theodoridis said. According to Mrs Theodoridis the most distraught resident is Ana Cardoso, who recently made changes to her home to accommo- date her disabled daughter. ''When Ana visited Housing the other day they assured her noth- ing is going to happen, but they told Vicky (Lenehan) redevelop- ment is likely to happen in 12 months,'' Mrs Theodoridis said. ''Ana is stressed they will take her home away from her.'' The Belfield residents want to know what Housing NSW plans to do with their street. The Housing Department did not respond to our requests for comment by the time of going to press. DEVELOPERS' WISH LIST Develop remaining sites with a 12 per cent increase in floor space (equivalent to 66,000sq m) and buildings up to 32 storeys in height A 24-storey residential tower in return for a public plaza A 28-storey, 32-storey and 20-storey building in return for a large area of open space and community meeting space A 20-storey tower in return for an arts and cultural centre Considering a tall order From Page 1 Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said the master plan provided a good opportunity for the council to sit down with developers and residents and do some strategic planning, but stressed it was ''very early days''. He said there were advantages to high-rise buildings that would be factored in among the many considerations. ''The footprint is much smaller and you gain more open space,'' he said. Cr Kenzler said the next stage was for developers to come up with real details about their proposals before they would be brought to the community and the Planning Department. 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