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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 31, 2008 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Centre unveils its latest look An artist's impression of how Birkenhead Point shopping centre will look. VICTORIA ZIARKOWSKI IN its 200-year history, Birkenhead Point has gone from being a factory to being a factory outlet, and it is currently getting another facelift. Work on the Henry Lawson building and, along Fleet St, improvements to bathrooms and new escalators have already been done. But the bulk of the redevelopment, phase two, has just started and the project won't be finished for another two years. It will capture the site's water frontage and heritage while introducing a modern and vibrant shopping experience, archi- tect Peter Harrison said. ''The thing about this centre is that it presented a great challenge simply be- cause the centre had been quite run down,'' Mr Harrison said. He identified the main problems as legibility or connectivity between the various buildings and floor, and the mismanaged waterfront. ''The waterfront has always been neglected in this centre,'' he said. He will move offices from the lower levels to further down the promenade in order to revitalise the location as an alfresco dining precinct. Other changes that are coming include nearly 200 more parking spaces, a new retail level, an atrium roof making the outlet centre an all-weather shopping centre, travelators, a footbridge and walkways linking it all together. ''The main body of the centre hadn't had any attention paid to it'' so the plans will also take advantage of a lot of previously unused floor space, Mr Harrison said. He believes in new buildings should be new, so the new development will feature lots of glass and stainless steel juxta- posed on the heritage brickwork. Through phased redevelopment shops will remain open while work is in progress. Two opponents fail to stop six-storey block SHIREEN KHALIL The site in Railway Cres. ONLY two residents turned up to the last Burwood Council meeting to fight against a a proposed six- storey residential unit block in Railway Cres, Burwood. The council gave the thumbs up to Magnas Property Group to build a six-storey block, consisting of 14 units at 47 Railway Cres at the corner of Gordon St. Gordon St residents are furious about the development, saying it will invade their privacy and increase crime in the area. ''The balconies of this unit block will face our apartments and look directly into our living rooms,'' Gordon St resident Bea Sochan told the council meeting. Despite concerns, councillors said if the issue was big enough, more than two people would have turned up to the meeting. However, Ms Sochan said others had ''lost strength to fight, as every development they've fought against has gone ahead anyway''. Another Gordon St resident has gathered 60 signatures protesting against the development. ''The size of the dwelling is risky; I am having enormous prob- lems with my current building, such as crime, vandalism and graffiti and it will of course under- mine our privacy," he said. Deputy Mayor Ernest Wong said the development was good for the area. ''I would love to welcome more families into Burwood and build a better future for the area,'' he said. Cr David Weiley said there would always be privacy issues but ''the aluminium shutters will provide privacy to new and exist- ing dwellings''. ''The design is first class. It's a fine dwelling and residents will appreciate it,'' he said. Scratch 'n' Dent Below Cost Warehouse SALE! $10 MILLION worth of furniture MUST BE LIQUIDATED! FACTORY SECOND BEDS & MATTRESSES Slightly damaged and unclaimed SOLID WOOD furniture HURRY! WHILE STOCKS LAST! BELOW COST! BELOW COST! LIQUIDATION! Fri 1st August until Sunday 3rd August EVERYTHING MUST GO!! Be Quick, only at . . . 195 John Street LIDCOMBE
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