Dapto's transformation to an apartment-filled, high-rise centre is set to continue, with a proposal for a tall residential tower lodged with Wollongong City Council.
Just weeks after the city's independent planning panel gave the nod to two apartment towers to be built behind the old Dapto Hotel, developers have revealed a $13 million, nine-storey plan for a site across the road.
Under the new plan, three buildings at 63-73 Princes Highway - right next to Dapto Mall - will be demolished to make way for the tower, which will house 32 apartments four of which will be accessible for elderly or disabled people.
There will also be four commercial tenancies across the two lower levels, and basement parking for 63 cars.
While much of the Dapto town centre is currently one or two storeys high, the council's development controls allow for much taller buildings. In drawings attached to the new application, the developers have shown how the street could be filled with similar sized lots in the future.
"The development will provide additional commercial/retail floorspace to strengthen the role and function of the Dapto Town Centre, as well as much needed housing supply to meet the needs of the community," they said, noting the location's proximity to transport, retail and services.
The plans are on exhibition until November 27 and will then be considered by the council and, if necessary, its independent planning panel.