Here are two new residential developments to watch out for in Ultimo. One is an application currently on exhibition, and another one is undergoing planning assessment, neither are approved, as yet.
Image from Google Maps of the site at the moment (we can’t walk down there at the moment, stupid leg.)
Student housing company URBANEST is proposing to demolish the 1 storey Motor-Body work building on in the Blackwattle lowlands of Ultimo, and redevelop the site into 5 residential buildings for student housing, with heights varying from 4 to 8 storeys. This site is opposite some TAFE buildings and the end of MaryAnn Street. It backs onto Blackwattle Lane.
This development is directly adjacent to the Briscoe Building, an architecturally significant brick warehouse on Wattle Street (see below)
The $32mill project is designed to house 665 students in 430 rooms (oooo … that means shared rooms), and include things like a fitness centre, bicycle storage and external courtyards. It will not have a big parking garage.
Here are some architectural renderings of the Urbanest proposal:
The Development Application is currently on exhibition, and this closes on the 29th of June. This area already features high-rise residences, and these look to be lower level - but across a fairly broad site.
A less dramatic project, no longer on exhibition (currently under assessment with City of Sydney):
This application is to partially demolish the existing (very ugly) commercial building on Bulwara Road, and replace it with an 8-storey residential tower with 123 units and space for 35 cars. Overshadowing is not so much of an issue because this building already overshadows nearby terraces on the south side, and next door to it is Meriton’s monstrosity “Casa Mia”.