Historic cottage to survive Kogarah North's high-rise transition

A small wooden heritage-listed cottage will be left isolated between high-rise towers in the new Kogarah North Precinct.

The cottage is over 100-years-old and will be preserved as part of a $16 million development currently lodged with Georges River Council.

The proposal for the construction of an 11-storey residential development with three levels of basement parking at 16-22a Gladstone Street.

The cottage, around the corner at 2 Victoria Street, will be retained and adapted for reuse as a home office.

Described as a modest weatherboard cottage with Federation Arts and Crafts influences, the cottage is located within the vicinity of several other local heritage items in the precinct which has been rezoned from low-density to high-density residential.

It was built around 1905, probably by a builder called William Alfred Cole, according to the heritage impact statement by Weir Phillips Heritage and Planning, prepared to go with the DA.

Thomas Clifford Eadley, a boiler-maker owned the property from 1904 to 1917 and it was called Hindmarsh.

Other heritage items within the vicinity include the original Kogarah High School building at 28 Regent Street, the Lyndhurst Gallery in Victor Street, two terrace houses in Victoria Street, and St George Girls High School.

The DA for Gladstone Street will amalgamate five lots to build an 11-storey building with 77 apartments.

It is located in the Kogarah North Precinct which is currently going through a state of transition from low-rise residential to high-density residential to create a high density residential precinct to Kogarah's north.

It adjoins Kogarah Public School on the southern boundary and is approximately 100-metres to the east of Kogarah High School.

"The proposed residential tower will have an acceptable impact on the significance of No 2 Victoria Street as there will be a six-metre setback between the buildings.

"This will ensure the distinct entity of the cottage is maintained," according to the Heritage Impact Statement.

"The adaptive reusue of No 2 Victoria Street as a home office will help maintain the significance of the item for the future."

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