Family and Community Friendly Result on Former BATA Site

Published on 07 August 2015

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Mayor Ben Keneally today welcomed a negotiated agreement with Meriton regarding the redevelopment of the former BATA site saying “the agreed result will deliver a community friendly and family friendly apartment precinct”.

Under the agreement negotiated through the Land and Environment Court, Meriton will build approximately 2200 apartments on the former BATA site adjoining Westfield Eastgardens. Tall apartment blocks will be confined along the southern edge near the shopping centre. At the northern end along Heffron Road only townhouses will be permitted. Building heights will step up between them.

As part of the agreement for the Stage 1 Development Application, the developer will dedicate open space for parks, design and construct upgrades for two major intersections and contribute $10.5 million to upgrade the intersection at Page St and Wentworth Ave. Developer levies of $44 million would also be used to fund a range of additional community infrastructure to cater for the new residents.

Within the development there will be two significant areas of open space, a central park comprising of 8,000 sqm and a linear park of 2,703 sqm.

“To have two parks of these sizes is a positive for the people who will move into this development and for those who already live around the development area.

“Additionally our City will benefit from major upgrades to some of our busiest intersections. This agreement means the developer will design and construct improvements, including traffic lights, to the intersections of Banks Ave and Heffron Rd; and, Bunnerong, Heffron and Maroubra roads.