$12.7 million high-rise plan to replace Rockdale car yards

An impression of the highrise proposed for 602-606 Princes Highway, Rockdale.
An impression of the highrise proposed for 602-606 Princes Highway, Rockdale.

A car service centre and vehicle repair business at Princes Highway, Rockdale will make way for a $12.7 million, seven-storey apartment block, under a plan submitted to Bayside Council.

The development proposed for 602-606 Princes Highway would have 59 apartments and basement parking for 60 cars.

It combines the Midas car repair and Ozzytyres lots to create a 1,483 sqm site located 500-metres from the Rockdale Town Centre and rail-bus interchange.

The site at 602 to 606 Princes Highway which is proposed for redevelopment.

The site at 602 to 606 Princes Highway which is proposed for redevelopment.

The development would have 20 one-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments. There would be communal open space on a roof terrace.

Vehicle access would be from the Princes Highway, but the accompanying Statement of Environmental Effects said the proposal would not generate a significant increase in traffic beyond that "reasonably anticipated" with the redevelopment of the site.

The surrounding area is undergoing large-scale redevelopment.

"Outdated and fragmented single retail properties are being redeveloped for multi-storey mixed retail, commercial and residential purposes," the SEE states.

This includes development application lodged with Bayside Council last month to redevelop three car sales yards at 594-600 Princes Highway, Rockdale as a $28.8 million ten-storey combined hotel and residential apartment block which would include a Quest Hotel of 42 serviced apartments and with 49 residential units.

"The proposal for 602-606 Princes Highway is considered consistent with the desired future character of the locality and represents an attractive redevelopment of a prominent site within the Rockdale Town Centre," the SEE said.

"The proposal will encourage the redevelopment of other sites within the locality which are vacant, rundown or do not contribute aesthetically to the Princes Highway landscape," it stated.

The SEE concluded that the DA was in the public interest and should be approved.

Because of its $12 million-plus value it will go to the Bayside Local Planning Panel for a final decision.

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