New industrial precinct a haven for commmunity

PLANS have been unveiled for a new industrial estate in the heart of Auburn.

The Mirvac Group has lodged a Development Application (DA) with Cumberland Council to transform a 14-hectare site at 300 Manchester Road into a blend of flexible warehousing, office space and small-scale local amenities.
Formerly owned by Payce, there have been a number of often contentious attempts dating back to 2015, to rezone the industrial site for high rise residential use which were all knocked back.
In July this year, Mirvac bought the land from Payce for $94.2 million, and Mirvac’s general manager – industrial, Richard Seddon says they want to create “a high quality precinct which makes an important local employment contribution” while also delivering local community uses such as a new cafe.
As part of the proposed new industrial development, they also plan to upgrade the intersection of Chisholm and Manchester Road to accommodate traffic moving to and from the new estate.
Mr Seddon told the Review that they had only recently purchased the property and felt it had been under-utilised.
“We are really focused on creating something that adds a sense of architectural design,” he said.
“The site’s location in the heart of Sydney’s Inner West, means it is uniquely positioned to become both a strategic industrial hub and place for the community.
“Going above and beyond a traditional industrial park offering, we are committed to delivering a precinct that provides an exceptional design outcome and leaves a lasting positive legacy within the local context.”
He said the DA was expected to go on public exhibition before the end of the year and subject to planning approval, construction is likely to begin in late 2020. Determination of the DA will be undertaken by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel.