The Barangaroo development has been a controversial topic for Sydneysiders. Although it has received support from the NSW Government, many people have voiced concerns about a second casino in the city.
The luxury six-star hotel will comprise 350 rooms and suites, apartments, restaurants, bars, shops, conference facilities and VIP gaming rooms.
The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission approved the development subject to a list of modifications and condition, which it says gives the public good "a more equal status with the private good".
Artist Impression of Central Barangaroo. Source: Crown Sydney
Concessions to the development include
- reducing the bulk of the podium facing a public walkway
- providing public access to an observation deck on the 65th floor of the 71-level tower
- enlarging the park area near the resort complex
- widening the foreshore boardwalk from 21m to 30m promenade in addition to licensed areas
Tourism and Transport Forum Australia Chief Margy Osmond has said the development will enhance the appeal of Barangaroo, attracting tourists and creating jobs, apprenticeships, taxes and economic growth for NSW.
Crown Resorts will move quickly to begin excavation work, with the casino's opening delayed until to 2021 due to delays in planning approvals.
While we wait with everyone else to see how Crown Sydney pans out, one thing we know for sure is that there'll be plenty of consturction jobs with this one! Stay tuned to find out more as we do.