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In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

Danny Corvini commented

I am a journalist for Domain in the Sydney Morning Herald and so I am acutely aware of Sydney’s housing shortage.

However, I do not believe that this means that a community must accept every development proposal that’s proposed - especially in cases like the Alexandria Hotel, where there’s heritage value and even more so because the community loves it.

Centennial Property Group offers a misleading choice by implying that the heritage value of the Alexandria Hotel has already been diminished by the disappearance of other historic buildings nearby.

In reality, the developer seeks to encourage a further decrease of Alexandria’s built history, thereby (in my opinion) proving that they have no real connection to or respect for the area.

The community response to the proposal has been strong. An appropriate response would be to put the community’s wishes ahead of that of a developer who took a gamble, but is by no means any more deserving.

The Alexandria Hotel is a Sydney icon and it has been used numerous times as a filming location because its old pub architecture is so iconic.

The Redfern/Alexandria precinct is emerging as a cultural precinct, not just a high-density living precinct. But what is the point of putting more people into an area that is losing its very essence?

Sydney lost so many of its great buildings last century and we should be extremely vigilant to not let it happen now.

I believe that developers can and will find other sites for their developments, but once buildings like the Alexandria Hotel are gone, they’re gone. Please save the Alexandria.

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