Marrickville Council is planning something that I think is exciting for Sydenham – the Sydenham Station Creative Hub.
Instead of the usual fare of modern high-rise, which we could have expected so close to the railway station, Council is planning to create an entertainment precinct. This will include live music venues, small bars, restaurants, cafes, as well as industry they describe as “traditional & creative.” This means retaining employment in Sydenham, which I think is a very good thing.
The area is on the Marrickville side of Sydenham Railway Station. The streets are full of old buildings & backs onto the heritage Sydenham Pit & Drainage Pumping Station, a huge sandstone stormwater dam at Shirlow & Garden Streets & visible from the passing train. I’ve cycled around this area & it is interesting. To be cleaned & greened while retaining the character is a very good thing in my opinion.
Council’s ‘Your Say Marrickville’ page says that, “the Sydenham Station area is already a major contributor to manufacturing in Marrickville and has very low vacancy rates.” They also note that the proposed Victoria Road Precinct (high-rise housing & mixed business) & the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor Strategy (more high-rise housing) will bring a population growth that will be able to travel to the Sydenham Station Creative Hub for entertainment. Currently trains run every 4-minutes. It will be safe for people to go home by public transport.
The first step is to rezone the area from General Industrial to Light Industrial. Then Council will green the streets, plant street trees, make the streets pedestrian-friendly & create traffic calming measures.
In many cities older so-called ugly areas have been revamped while retaining their character to create exciting, attractive areas full of creative activity & entertainment. For this to be happening in Sydenham is exciting for me. Like many others, I do fear the loss of character in Marrickville, as more high-rise is built.
Marrickville Council has opened community consultation about the Sydenham Station Creative Hub until 17th May 2016. There is a short survey, plus the opportunity to ask questions.
The plan will then go the the 7th June 2016 Council Meeting, where the Councillors will decide whether to proceed to Gateway with the zoning changes. You can read more & do the survey here – http://bit.ly/26gnYJj