The inner-city Sydney suburb of Alexandria continues to roll back its industrial past to provide a canvas of new economic opportunity for developers, quietly transforming into an area known for its cafes and new apartments buildings.
The latest developer to submit a proposal for a residential offering in the suburb is Milligan Group, who has lodged a development application for a six-storey 17-apartment residential building.
Designed by SJB architects, the proposal also comprises a 50sq m retail tenancy with terrace, two residential lobbies and a car park containing 23 car parking spaces.
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“The scheme is a high-end, boutique apartment building with just 17, 3-bedroom apartments which provide a need in the market for ‘empty nester’ purchasers looking to move from the suburbs to a more central and urban location,” the proposal said.
Alexandria was once the largest industrial district in Australia, and can trace its industrial heritage back to the early 1900s, when warehouses and other industrial developments were relocated there as a result of the residential and commercial shift that occurred in areas like Redfern and Surry Hills.
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Fellmongering, tanning and wool-washing industries were typical of Alexandria because of the area’s wetlands, which offered a close and plentiful water supply. As time passed, Alexandria became the site of many factories and extensive brickworks, and by the 1930s it was regarded as an industrial suburb, a character which remains today.
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Milligan Group’s proposed development at 19 Ralph Street involves the demolition of an existing two-storey building located on the site. The estimated cost of the development is $4.7 million.