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The only way is up: Dyldam plans to transform three former sites of Auto Alley in Church Street, Parramatta.Plans to transformParramatta’s Auto Alley have received a green light from theCity West Joint Regional Planning Panel.
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It unanimously approved Dydam’s plans to develop three prime Church Streetsites,including theformer Heartland Holden site, which had previously operated as car yards dating back to the 1950s.

Called Gateway South, the proposed$600 millionmixed use developmentincludes two 10storeycommercial towers, three residential towers of 23, 31 and 42 storeys,twoground floor car showrooms,a park with kiosk, watercourse,playground anda half basketball court.

The tallest residential tower design on site one will feature rippling glass facade to represent “the meeting of the waters” – the point where fresh river water meets salt harbour water at Parramatta.

Road widening, new bus and cycle lanes and treeswill transform Church Street into a boulevard, while apedestrian plaza running through the three sites will offer social spaces, cafes and outdoor dining.

Dyldam’saim is to transform the14.3-hectare Auto Alley sitebought last year intoa vibrant new destination.

“The Auto Alley site is central to our vision for Parramatta.We are looking to create a vibrant new destination at the other end of Church Street that will act as the southern gateway into the Parramatta CBD,” aspokesman told the Sun.

“We’ve positive feedbackon the development which will re-energise a site that has remained dormant for a number of years.”

Allen Jack+Cottierwas appointed masterplan architect for the project while Oculus is the landscape and public domain architect.

The spokesman said an independent traffic consultantreported the site can cater for the proposed development.

Nearby, Malaysian developer EcoWorld is developing a 300-apartment complex known as WestVillage.

Dyldam is finalising a development application for City of Parramatta Council.

“Once the detailed DA is lodged, there is an assessment process as part of the approval process,” the spokesman said.

“Once DA approval is achieved,construction can commence.”

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