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Artist impression of 15-19 Crown Street, Wollongong




15-19 Crown Street, Wollongong

Proposed new homes:

57 units

New tenants:

Around 120 new residents

Construction cost:

$22 million total construction cost

What's happening

We’re transforming a 1950s apartment building into a vibrant new multi-storey complex that will be home for up to 120 residents in central Wollongong.

The 57-unit building will be a mixed community, with 10 social, 9 affordable and 38 private housing units.

Cleverly designed for maximum flexibility, 8 of the 10 social housing units have dual-key access, creating the potential for 18 units. A dual-key unit has 2 self-contained dwellings – each with its own bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living space – which are accessed via a shared foyer, with lockable doors. The unit can operate as a single dwelling or be divided into 2 when needed.

For people living with disability, dual-key units can support independent living, as a carer or support worker can live in the adjoining unit. It also means we can boost the number of social housing apartments in the complex from 10 to 18 when needed.

The complex is located close to City Beach and the home ground of the St George Illawarra Dragons and has a landscaped rooftop and communal areas. It will also be energy efficient, reducing the need for heating and cooling.

A total of 69 car spaces will be provided on the ground floor, together with retail shops.

We partnered with property and construction company Traders in Purple and not-for-profit community housing provider the Housing Trust on the project.

The project is expected to create about 110 jobs.