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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 8th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 9, 2009 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Court gives Abacus the nod FIONA BRADY WHAT'S IN THE MALL 116 new apartments and 13 townhouses in three residential apartment blocks 2800sq m retail space 860sq m commercial office space 16 serviced apartments A childcare centre An artist's impression of what the Ashfield Mall redevelopment will look like as seen from Liverpool St entry. Inset: The current mall. ASHFIELD'S town centre will be transformed in the next five years after the courts gave a contro- versial $62 million high-rise devel- opment the green light. Ashfield Council has spent more than $350,000 to date fighting Aba- cus Property Group's plan to build three eight-storey commercial and residential buildings above Ashfield Mall. Last week, however, the NSW Land and Environment Court ap- proved the development. Ashfield's independent council- lor Caroline Stott, who has been a vehement opponent of the develop- ment, said the court's decision was a great disappointment. ''It's going to bring in lots of new residents without any additional green space,'' she said. Cr Stott said the decision was a throwback to the 1970s and '80s when developers built ''six-packs on stilts'' in parts of Ashfield. Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy believes the new-look mall is an overdevelopment of the town centre. ''The traffic will be horren- dous,'' he said. Not all the Ashfield councillors were unhappy about the court's verdict, however. Liberal councillor Nick Adams was one of only four councillors on the previous Ashfield Council who voted for the project. ''I think the court decision is fantastic -- finally some life coming to Ashfield.'' He suggested the councillors who voted against the develop- ment application pay the legal bills for the Land and Environ- ment Court. ''To reject this DA was more than farcical,'' he said. ''Everyone knew what would happen if we sent it to court.'' Cr Stott said a principle was at stake. ''I felt that if we didn't do this, we become a target for developers,'' she said. Abacus Property Group execu- tive director Len Lloyd said he was ''extremely pleased'' with the decision but was disappointed they had to go to court to get it. ''We are very pleased that the Land and Environment Court has recognised the positive contri- bution that the redevelopment of the Ashfield Mall will have to the local area,'' he said. Abacus said it would ''assess the likely timetable for the redevelop- ment in light of current market conditions''. Residents not surprised at mall decision CARLISLE St residents Gordon Torry and his wife Eleanor have fought a long battle against the mall redevelopment, which they say will ruin their view and cause traffic problems. But the court's decision this week came as no surprise. ''I think the odds were stacked against us,'' Mr Torry said. He was disappointed that only he and another resident spoke at the Land and Environment Court hearing. ''A lot of people who kicked up a big stink didn't follow through,'' he said. He's also angry with the Ashfield councillors who supported the development. ''We'll remember it at the ballot box the next time,'' he said. Meanwhile, ''we'll enjoy the view of sky while we've got it,'' Mr Torry said. MASSIVE SAVINGS!!! • Built In Wardrobes, hinged or sliding doors • Showers Screens, frameless, semi frameless or fully framed • Two sliding safety mirrored doors • Four Drawers in metal runners with safety stop • Double hanging space and 1 single hanging space • Coloured or timber look doors available if preferred (additional cost) $599 Prices Start From including GST Wardrobes Pty Ltd SHOWROOM OPEN 7 DAYS Monday - Friday 8am-4.30pm Saturday 8am-1pm Sunday 10am-1pm Unit 14, 39-41 Marigold St, REVESBY 12 year warranty Free measure & quote Fully installed at factory Prices Up to 2.4m wide wall to wall Up to 2.7m ceiling high 9792 2233 All major credit cards available "Won't be Beaten on Quality, Price & Services" special offer for a limited time only WE NOW DO KITCHENS! MULTI 2108397iL WK39 Wardrobes & Kitchens *Offer excludes samples. *While stocks last. SUMMER CLEARANCE NOW ON UP TO 50% OFF SELECTED STOCK* LIDCOMBE Factory Outlet adidas Factory Outlet 55-59 Parramatta Road Lidcombe 2141 Phone 9748 0577 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL
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