Following an 18-month consultation with Botany Council, the imaginative $300-million Avantra apartment development at Mascot has just been re-launched.
Avantra is being developed on an 8,757 sqm site at 659-669 Gardeners Road, just three minutes walk to Mascot train station and the new Mascot Central shopping area. The site has been cleared and construction is due to commence in July, with a two-year time frame.
Working collaboratively, council granted 328 apartments which enabled developer Longton Property Group to alter the mix and increase the sizes of its units, and add more parking bays. Strategic advice from council also resulted in Longton remodelling the skyway corridors and finding solutions to some privacy concerns.
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Project Director John Green said, "The new design is even better than the original, thanks to the input from council.""The views are improved, the apartments are larger and we've enhanced other features.""Avantra will be a premium, luxuriously-appointed, landmark apartment building for Mascot with never-before-seen features."
Longton’s iCommunity uses Twitter and its Chinese sister, Weibo, to create a virtual neighbourhood. Residents will exchange messages about local events, community initiatives and classified advertisements, while the system will post daily updates on weather, news, sports, finance and cinema session times. These messages will not only appear on a resident’s iPhone but be displayed in multi languages on an electronic noticeboard in the lobby of each tower.
Longton Director Winnie Pi said, "We understand our residents' desire to connect and be part of the community."