First site on Parramatta River released as part of makeover of riverbank

First site on Parramatta River released as part of makeover of riverbank
First site on Parramatta River released as part of makeover of riverbank

Parramatta City Council is releasing the first parcel of property for development as part of its $1.2 billion cultural and entertainment precinct on the Parramatta River.

At completion, the 20,000 square metre Riverbank mixed-use precinct will provide a blend of residential, dining, retail, heritage and cultural facilities including flexible open space that is expected to draw residents and visitors to the waterfront location.

The council will run an expressions of interest campaign throughout March for a 5,150 square metre parcel of land on the riverbank site earmarked for residential and retail development. The EOI campaign closes in early May.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard said the redeveloped riverbank precinct will be an all-hours entertainment and cultural destination that will connect with and complement the $2 billion Parramatta Square business district.

“Council has a development blueprint for Riverbank that proposes up to 1,200 apartments, 6,000 square metres of retail, and 10,000 square metres of open space. It includes the preservation of local heritage and the possibility of an iconic cultural asset to distinguish Riverbank as the cultural heart of Australia’s next great city,” Cr Garrard said.

“The first parcel of land for sale sits on the western side of the precinct. It offers an enviable waterfront location prime for a high-quality development including residential, retail and dining spaces that can set the precedent for a vibrant Riverbank precinct.”

Cr Garrard said the site could accommodate up to 680 apartments in a 74-storey mixed-use tower, subject to council approval.

“We are offering this site without a development application as we want to give a developer the flexibility to achieve design excellence for the residential tower and retail space to complement Council’s vision for Riverbank,” he said.

“The successful proponent will be required to carry out a design competition and obtain all necessary approvals.”

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