Affordable housing the latest Civic DA

Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) is pleased to welcome another development application (DA) in the Civic precinct, with Evolve Housing lodging its affordable housing DA with Newcastle City Council.

The news marks the third DA lodged for the emerging area, hot on the heels of the University of Newcastle’s DA for the Honeysuckle City Campus Development lodged late last week with the Department of Planning and Environment, and the Civic public domain DA HDC lodged with Council only weeks ago.

HDC Chief Operating Officer Valentina Misevska said the DA lodgment demonstrates a real momentum behind the city’s ongoing transformation, and that confidence in the city centre continues translating into bricks and mortar.

“Evolve Housing has wasted no time submitting a DA for their affordable housing project and we are pleased to see significant progress in such a brief period of time.

“Affordable Housing creates opportunities for more people to live in locations well connected to amenity and transport. This development will have both, with immediate proximity to the proposed new public domain at Civic, the waterfront, cafes as well as the future Light Rail stop at Civic.”

“It’s a great outcome for a changing city.”

Andrea Galloway, Managing Director and CEO of Evolve Housing said that Newcastle was at an exciting point in its revitalisation and they were keen to be part of the story.

“We are really thrilled to be in Newcastle with this project and we understand how important it is to the community to see opportunities come to life.

“We have worked hard over the last few months to finalise our DA and lodge it with Newcastle City Council.

“Our proposal is to deliver 30 affordable rental housing units, which includes three specialist disability accommodation dwellings.”

Affordable housing gives low to middle income earners the opportunity to live in rent assisted accommodation, acting as a step between market rental and home ownership.

HDC released an expression of interest (EOI) late last year for the Merewether Street site, which incorporated 1,600 m2 of former rail corridor land adjacent to Newcastle Museum.

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