248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW

Demolition and construction of an eight storey mix use building comprising of commercial space at ground level and seven levels of boarding rooms totally 49 and 1 manager's accommodation

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 3 months ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: Georges River Council (Hurstville), reference DA2019/0232)

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  1. suzanne o'connor commented

    Oh no .... not another Boarding House ! That makes six just in the immediate Kogarah Centre area . A new way to make developers more money .
    Seven floors... how many residents ? How much supervision of tenants? Who will live there ?
    The developers are the only people to be advantaged by these buildings .
    He will save a great deal of money by not having to pay the ‘ Open Space Contribution ‘
    To Council . Council loses.
    Saving on GST payable to Federal Government. Federal government loses.
    Saving on Land Tax payable to NSW state Government. NSW Government loses .
    The people who live there will be in tiny boxes . Future SLUMS.
    And who gains ? The developers/Owners .
    Not the community.

  2. Kevin Coleman commented

    Just how many "boarding houses" can Kogarah cope with? The sad reality would seem to be that these are in reality sub-standard undersized tiny bed sitters with no parking & well below the normally required floor space.

  3. Kevin Lu commented

    The design does not comply with the new NSW law because the parking space should be 25 (with 1:0.5 ratio). Since there are already 2 boarding houses near by (1 on Gary St 1 on English St), it should be another location rather than putting them together, which leads to more local traffic, parking and even security issues. Kogarah is known for its community life and most of the residents are families, more boarding houses meaning more people just move in and out without considering the impact to our community. I strongly object this DA.

  4. TB commented

    This is a terrible development proposal that has no positive impact on surrounding neighbours or the area.

    Neighbouring residents in the Veridian apartments will be negatively impacted through the close proximity of the building, with some residents set to lose the majority of their natural light whilst others will literally look directly into the boarding house accommodation they are that close.

    Further to that, there is great concern for the impact the construction of a three-storey carpark will have on Veridian complex. With recent issues with Opal and Mascot Towers there is every possibility that this could have a similar outcome.

    A very concerning development that will hopefully be rejected due to the many concerning issues it creates.

  5. Jason brown commented

    This is a massive over development for the size of this tiny corner block from a very sneaky and Greedy developer trying to use “ affordable housing act 2009 “ to get this 8 story boarding house with 3 levels of under ground car parking using a car lift so he can get council approval!
    Seriously the council can see right through this by looking at the design with the top 3 levels having a north facing glass facade to captivate the city and Botany Bay views stripping away all the adjoining units in Viridian of their natural sunlight and views for a so called boarding house!! Please this will be 40 + rooms at Expensive cost of living lining the pockets of a developer who has no concern about the huge impacts it will have on all the Viridian apartments not to mention the potential of another opal and mascot tower with the 3 story hole he will be jack hammering up to build this
    I object to this in so many ways but mostly the fact and 8 story brick wall will be built directly in front of serval units completely blocking them out of any sunlight , how can council even consider this when there’s so much impact this will and can cause????

  6. Jane brown commented

    My balcony will have an 8 story high brick wall attached to it , I’m on level 5 and if this goes ahead all my natural light will be completely gone which I can’t believe council is even considering this when council are there to ensure the community isn’t impacted greatly from DA applications.
    Serval issues with this DA , over shadowing is huge , potential structural damage to recently built Viridian building with a 3 level underground car park that is so small it needs a car lift , car lift in a boarding house?? , privacy issues with the boarding house above 5 levels where only 3 meters separates them, security issues where they can simply climb through a window and just hop onto my balcony? This so called boarding house isn’t really a boarding house and will not benefit the community only hinder it only ones who will be if it is the developer and the tenants in Viridian will suffer!!
    I completely oppose this DA

  7. Neve Krst commented

    This is a blatant misuse of permits. Kogarah does not need more "boarding houses" - it needs well thought out development that takes into account the needs of existing residents, who do not want cheap slums thrown up next door.

  8. Romel commented

    This plan is way overdeveloped. I have seen the development plans, and I must say the building should not be 8 floors. Two surrounding building share a common wall with this property and if built the people on 5th to 8th floor will have a wall in front of their balconies or having an apartment right in front of their living room/bedroom with no sunlight or airflow. There will be no privacy, and there will be a safety issue as anyone can jump the fence and go into other building balconies. The distance between the units will be 3 meters or less. The shadow diagrams given to council are for 5 storey, but the application is for 8 storey. They are going to have 1 car lift. They need a minimum of 2 car lifts! How does that work for a small piece of land with 8 levels? To top it all they are going to dig 3 levels down next to the two-buildings, which will create more issues for the structural integrity of the adjoining buildings. I request to the council not approve this development. This development will cause nothing but grief and suffering to the residents in the adjoining building.

  9. Christine Yuen commented

    There are so many issues about this development that need to be addressed before council even begins to consider the viability of yet another boarding house in Kogarah - there are already 2 or 3 boarding houses within a two block radius of this current proposal, for starters.

    - The land is incredibly narrow and 50 rooms is simply inconceivable. That's 7 rooms per level. So many people living in claustrophobic quarters right next to the RSL - licensed alcohol and possibly gambling machines - sounds like an eventual recipe for disaster

    - Excessive overshadowing of neighbouring properties, especially the Veridian. The design of the Veridian seamlessly allows 5 storeys to be built on the mechanic site - Toska mechanic was fully aware of this during construction, as Veridian developers tried very hard to buy their land and amalgamate into Veridian. Toska refused, ended up with an isolated site, and are now offering their land to a boarding house development that will completely overshadow 10+ units and Veridian's communal courtyard AFTER they were offered above market price and still refused to sell. This will devalue so many Veridian properties - owners didn't even know about this development when they purchased. There's a massive lack of transparency.

    - Structual integrity of the Veridian buildings is highly likely to be impacted with 8 storeys being built directly next to them - wall to wall. Plus three levels basement parking, again directly adjacent to Veridian's own basement parking. The government and hundreds of homeowners can't afford to risk of turning into another Opal or Mascot Towers, especially without solid building regulations in place

    - The viability of the boarding house's car lift. They have planned for only one car lift. What if it breaks and all cars get trapped underneath? How will their car lift affect traffic if boarding house residents opt to park on the street instead of bothering to operate the lift? Parking is tight enough with the proximity to hospital and train station

    Overall, the boarding house is a big expense with equally large risks. Affordable housing is a necessary initiative, but council and government should be aware that there are many developers taking advantage of the Affordable Housing Act to turn a quick profit without looking into the future. This building is allowed to have extra storeys because of the act, violating building compliance and directly devaluing neighbouring properties. Not only should it be no higher than 5 storeys - I implore council to seriously consider the impact of so many boarding houses on the Kogarah community. What message are we sending by setting the precedent for allowing boarding houses to bypass rules and cause irreparable damage to hardworking people's homes and investments?

  10. Romel commented

    This plan is way overdeveloped. I have seen the development plans, and I must say the building should not be 8 floors. Two surrounding building share a common wall with this property and if built the people on 5th to 8th floor will have a wall in front of their balconies or having an apartment right in front of their living room/bedroom with no sunlight or airflow. There will be no privacy, and there will be a safety issue as anyone can jump the fence and go into other building balconies. The distance between the units will be 3 meters or less. The shadow diagrams given to council are for 5 storey, but the application is for 8 storey. They are going to have 1 car lift. They need a minimum of 2 car lifts! How does that work for a small piece of land with 8 levels? To top it all they are going to dig 3 levels down next to the two-buildings, which will create more issues for the structural integrity of the adjoining buildings. I request to the council not approve this development. This development will cause nothing but grief and suffering to the residents in the adjoining building.

  11. MandyZ commented

    This is a terrible idea!!! Just cannot believe the DA can really benefit the community, especially for the residents who live around there. It would create so many concerns about this development, such as privacy, safety issue, noise, any issues relate to the construction and foundation and overshadowing of neighbouring properties and veridian. We already have a new boarding house near that street, what's the point to have another one?? How many boarding houses does Kogarah need??? What about the people who live on 5-8th floor which their balconies will be blocked by this DA? Did they purchase the apartment for nothing or for a wall? Sounds like the purpose of the establishment of the DA is to provide benefit for the Kogarah community, what if it has already raised so many issues about it, or people are getting so many concerns and suffering from it??? Hopefully the council won't approve this development and seriously consider the huge and negative impact it will cause!!!!!!

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