New $35m project a ‘drop in ocean’ for affordable housing

Work is finally set to begin on a $35 million apartment development that will help address the “serious shortage” of affordable housing in inner Sydney.

Construction for the project that will provide 99 homes for low to middle-income earners was launched at the Cowper Street Glebe redevelopment precinct on Thursday.

“We do have a serious shortage of affordable rental housing [in Sydney], the figures are really quite shocking,” Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore said at the official sod-turning ceremony.

The City West Housing development will offer a mix of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and have ground-floor commercial premises and two large communal areas including a roof terrace.

The Cowper Street development, which has been planned since 2009, was previously home to 134 social housing properties built in the 1960s. In addition to the affordable housing, it will have more than 150 social housing dwellings and almost 250 private apartments.

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