Multi-storey boarding house plan to boost affordable homes in Wollongong CBD

Housing affordability for low income workers in Wollongong has become a “serious and growing problem”, prompting a developer to pitch a plan to build what would become the city’s largest boarding house.

Earmarked for the western edge of Wollongong’s CBD, on Frederick Street, the “new generation” boarding house would provide housing for up to 81 people.

It would have 68-rooms across two separate four and five storey buildings, with 55 single rooms and 12 double suites.

Rent would be set at $200 for a single room and $260 for a double room, making them much cheaper than the median priced Wollongong studio or one-bedroom apartment ($340/week).

This would make the accommodation “affordable to many very low income workers, students and aged pensioners”, documents lodged on behalf of developer Client Hope Wollongong Pty Ltd said.

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