There has been quite a bit of chatter about the streets - and on Penultimo - about the fate of the old Edwin Davey Flour Mill building, following the purchase of the site by property developer Edward Doueihi of Ceerose. (See some earlier posts here and here, by Penultimo.)
An Ultimo local recently informed us that Ceerose has put some graphic visualisations of the proposed development on their website. We’ve included two of them here with this post.
We strongly suspect these images are not to be taken too literally - as far as we can see, a new Development Application has not yet been submitted to City of Sydney Council, and the design of this apartment complex is no where near set. (There seem to be a number of options included in the graphic with all the yellow bits.)
What we do know is that this is to be a medium density “boutique” apartment building (whatever the hell that means), and that the Edwin Davey Flour Mill facade is to be retained - as per heritage requirements set in the 1990s.
The ground floor may be zoned for commercial use (possibly retail? That would be weird). The building will have to be well sound-proofed, as it is right next to the Western Distributor. These visualisations, at least, do seem to indicate that the development won’t be an enormous tower. It could be 5 to 9 storeys (that’s an educated guess, anyway).
We also know that Ceerose have been consulting with the Pyrmont Landcare Group, regarding the possibility that the rail weighbridge near the Edwin Davey Flour Mill could be restored, and provision made for a pedestrian accessway down to the Wentworth Park Light Rail station. Perhaps this access route could even go underneath the Western Distributor and extend up to Bulwara Road, connecting the area in a way that is much more pedestrian friendly than it has been in years past. We’re trying to visualise this, but our brains don’t do 3D very well… you might fare a little better. For more information on the weighbridge, here is a blogger who has done a heritage assessment of it.