The NSW Government is continuing to revitalise housing in Western Sydney with construction underway on a $7.6 million redevelopment in St Marys that will deliver new social homes to support vulnerable people, while boosting jobs and the State’s economy.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said two ageing social housing cottages once stood on the now vacant site at Lethbridge Street, but the outdated properties are now being replaced by a new and modern apartment building with 13 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom social homes, for people in need.
Mrs Pavey said the 21 new homes will provide support for vulnerable people and families and also provide a timely boost to the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
“Building these new homes will inject money into local businesses and the local economy, supporting about 38 jobs during construction at a time when we need them most,” she said.
“It will also help us replace older housing stock which is typically under occupied, costly for the government and tenants to maintain and lag contemporary environmental standards.“
Located in a neighbourhood rezoned for higher density development, the four-storey brick complex includes basement parking and extensive landscaping to soften the streetscape.
All homes are designed to meet (BASIX and six star NatHERS) environmental standards, delivering water and energy savings for future tenants, including a common rainwater tankan ceiling fans in living areas and bedrooms.
In addition, the project will also meet silver Livable Housing Australia standards, making it accessible to people with mobility restrictions, with step-free access to homes and bathrooms. Three of the 21 homes can also be adapted to support the future needs of disabled tenants.
Mrs Pavey said the project has also been purposefully designed to complement future developments, with St Marys set to become a transport hub for the region.
“Western Sydney is undergoing exciting change, with the Western Sydney airport to help create 200,000 jobs that will attract new businesses and new families to the area, and see Stars become a transport interchange for the aerotropolis,” she said.
Construction on the project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022, providing new keys in doors for up to 25 new residents and families in need.
Construction is also underway nearby on a $16 million project by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation to deliver 44 social housing homes on Phillip Street.
Overall, the two St Marys projects are among 50 projects across Western Sydney that will deliver more than 600 new social homes, and create about 1,350 jobs through an estimated investment of about $270 million in construction activity.