More than 100 new inner-city apartments will be up for debate early next month, with two high rise buildings worth $65 million to come under scrutiny from the regional planning authority.
The Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel is scheduled to meet on May 12, at Wollongong council chambers to deliberate over two mixed-use towers fronting Young Street and Atchison Street.
The panel – which assesses regionally significant plans – has approved more than $376 million worth of developments lodged in the past three years for Wollongong’s inner city.
Another $222 million in housing and health projects – including the $66 million in plans to be debated in May – remains up for approval.
The first of the blocks to be considered in May, would span three blocks of land between Belmore and Young Streets.
The plans are for a $44 million, 17-storey tower which would contain a 90-room hotel. The upper nine levels of the 60-metre building would have 46 residential apartments, as well as a communal rooftop area.
There would also be three food and drink premises and a restaurant at street level.
Also under consideration are plans from Sri Lankan developers for an 11-storey mixed-use complex at 31-33 Atchison Street.
The Atchison Street development is listed with the JRPP for a “deemed refusal appeal” after the original plans were amended.
If approved, the $22 million building to replace the home and neighborhood block would have 50 apartments atop ground floor retail space and a 60-place child care centre.
The panel will hold a public meeting at Wollongong council chambers at 1pm on May 12.