Consultation results on new Marrickville Library development

The biggest project that Marrickville Council will progress in the 2012-2016 term is the redevelopment of the old Marrickville Hospital site (corner of Marrickville & Livingstone Roads).  Council has owned the site for almost 20 years and has long had plans to build a new purpose built library and community hub on the site.  In addition, part of the site would be opened up to residential redevelopment to help fund the civic project.

An expression of interest process has been held and a community consultation process based on the EOIs conducted. Some of the results are available in the Council’s public business paper (there is more detail in confidential papers).

The community response can be summarised:

  • Some concern about the density of proposed residential component (54% preferred less density).
  • Strong support for at least 1,200 square metres of open space, and strong support for the open space to be fronting Marrickville Road. (57% said 1,200sqm was about right, while 38% said it was not enough).
  • Support for the proposed car park of 60 public spaces.
  • Strong support for affordable housing (45% said the amount was about right, while 44% said it was not enough).

Council will decide on the parameters to progress to a tender for developing the site at the 16 September Council meeting.

Have a look for yourself by downloading this PDF.

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